DKU Class of 2022 Commencement

DKU Commencement and Reception @Duke – May 19, 2022

Duke is pleased to partner with DKU to host a ceremony on the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina that will coincide with the DKU Commencement on May 20, 2022 for those who cannot be in Kunshan, China.

Please visit the Duke Kunshan University main Commencement site for an overview of commencement activities for all students.



Your J-1 program end date on your DS-2019 is May 9, 2022. Starting on your program end date, you have a grace period of 30 days to depart the US. You can use this time to travel within the US. However, if you leave the US during this grace period, you will not be admitted back into the US without a new visa.

Campus Housing

If you are studying at Duke in the spring and living in campus housing, you will be able to extend your housing until Friday, May 20 at noon at no additional charge.  You may be required to relocate to a different residence hall during the period May 9 through May 20; more information will be posted as soon as specifics are available.


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To protect the health and safety of our campus and local communities, all visitors to Duke are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus. Visitors must also comply with Duke’s masking requirements.

Visitors should check this site before coming to campus and follow directions provided by campus personnel while visiting.

Events will be held in the evening to coincide with the DKU ceremony starting at 9 pm EST at both the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center and Page Auditorium on the Duke University campus. Transportation between the two sites will be provided for graduates and guests.

The detailed schedule will be posted as soon as determined.

Check back here later to RSVP. We will also post here how many guests you can invite to participate in the celebration.

Lodging in Durham

Durham offers many diverse lodging options. These include downtown hotels close to the city’s center, more rustic bed and breakfasts, and everything in between. We strongly recommend making reservations well in advance.

The Durham Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (at 800-446-8604) is a valuable resource for finding lodging in Durham. To find lodging options near Duke’s campus, filter by the following regions:

Downtown Area

Downtown Durham is a historic and vibrant area with many restaurant and entertainment options including the Durham Bulls and the Durham Performing Arts Center.

W Central Durham, including Duke

West Central Durham includes the university as well as the surrounding areas including Old West Durham neighborhoods like Trinity Park. Ninth Street and surrounding shopping streets offer many local retail and coffee shops and Durham restaurants.

SW Durham, including Southpoint

Southwest Durham is a more suburban part of Durham, closer to Chapel Hill. It includes a shopping mall, The Streets at Southpoint, and is only several miles from Jordan Lake.

SE Durham, including RTP and NCCU

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest research parks in the United States. It is home to over 200 companies and is a leader in scientific research. The RTP district is located in Durham and is approximately equidistant between Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Lodging Options

Hotels Near Duke

21c Museum Hotel is a contemporary art museum in downtown Durham that doubles a hotel.

AC Hotel Durham – Marriott is a European-inspired, modern hotel located adjacent to Duke University and just four miles from downtown Durham.

Aloft Durham Downtown is a modern hotel that opened September 2015. It is located downtown next to the Durham Performing Arts Center.

The Durham Hotel opened in July 2015. It is in a converted historic Durham building in the heart of downtown.

Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Centerac is less than a mile from Duke University and the medical center, with a free shuttle to local destinations.

JB Duke Hotel opened in 2016 and is located on Duke’s West Campus.

Residence Inn: Duke University Medical Center opened in the summer of 2015 and is directly next to Duke East Campus.

The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club accepts accommodation request forms beginning in January of the year prior to commencement.

Unscripted Hotel opened in July 2017 and is a contemporary property downtown.

Between Duke and RDU Airport

Cambria Suites – (919) 361-3311

Comfort Inn RTP – (919) 361-2656

Courtyard Marriott Durham Research Triangle Park – (919) 484-2900 or (888) 236-2427

Four Points by Sheraton Raleigh Durham Airport – (919) 380-1221

Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center – (919) 941-5050 or (888) 236-2427

Marriott at Research Triangle Park – (919) 941-6200

SpringHill Suites (Marriott) Raleigh-Durham Airport/RTP – (919) 998-9500 or (888) 236-2427

Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh Durham/Research Triangle Park – (919) 941-6066

Home2 Suites by Hilton Durham/Chapel Hill – (919)401-0610

Homewood Suites by Hilton Durham/Chapel Hill – (919)680-9000

Staybridge Suites Durham/Chapel Hill – (919)401-9800

Tru by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport – (919) 813-7129

Chapel Hill

The town of Chapel Hill offers more nearby lodging, dining and attractions. Information on hotels, restaurants, and events in Chapel Hill can be found on the town’s website.

Duke will provide letters of invitation for U.S. tourist visa applications for graduates and their families to attend the May 19 ceremony in Durham. However, students and families are responsible for initiating and tracking the visa application process and observing all deadlines and requirements.

If you need a letter for visa purposes, please send the following information to

  1. Embassy/consulate address the applicant will use
  2. Name
  3. Nationality
  4. Passport Number
  5. Expiration Date
  6. Gender
  7. Date of Birth
  8. Itinerary: 1) depart [location] on MM DD, YYYY, arriving North Carolina on MM DD; 2) depart on MM DD, YYYY to return to [location]. (If s/he will stop by more than one location in the U.S., s/he will need to list them all and the purposes for the stops.)

Duke University is dedicated to ensuring that commencement venues and programs are accessible to all.  Please contact if you have any questions about disability services needed for this event.

In addition to the DKU Commencement and Reception at Duke, Class of 2022 students are also welcome to participate in all Duke Commencement Weekend events, May 6-8, 2022 (EST).

All information about the Duke Commencement Weekend events will be communicated to Class of 2022 students by the Duke Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies. Students will receive information from that office about the May events in January 2022.  Information will also be posted at

For questions about the DKU Commencement and Reception @Duke, email dkurelations@duke.eduFor questions or concerns regarding DKU Commencement, please contact DKU at