Duke is pleased to host a ceremony and reception on the Duke University campus for the Class of 2023 students who cannot be in Kunshan, China for the DKU Commencement Ceremony. The celebration will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, starting at 2 pm at the Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center.   

In addition, all DKU international students in the Class of 2023 who are studying at Duke during the Spring 2023 Semester, or studying remotely, are welcome to participate in Duke’s Commencement Weekend events scheduled for May 12-14.  All information about the Duke Commencement Weekend events will be communicated to Class of 2023 students by the Duke Office of Special Events and University Ceremonies in early 2023 via  https://commencement.duke.edu/.

Guests who need to apply for VISAs in order to visit Duke University should submit this paperwork so they can attend the DKU commencement at Duke.           


Duke will provide letters of invitation for U.S. tourist visa applications for graduates and their families to attend the 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 dkurelations@duke.edu.

  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 North Carolina 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.)