Graduation FAQs

Photo of outside front of Duke Energy Center

Students, parents and family members are encouraged to review the answers to these frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. 

A: The law school purchases caps, gowns, and hoods for all students. Once the caps and gowns arrive, students will pick them up from Career Services. You will receive your hoods during graduation. Additionally, the Student Bar Association encourages (not requires) all students to purchase a tam to wear in lieu of the cap. Tams are available for purchase at the bookstore.

A: Graduation rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Attendance is mandatory for all 3Ls graduating in MayPlease bring your graduation cap and gown for the class photo, which will be taken immediately after graduation rehearsal

Learn more about dates and times for rehearsal →

A: Each graduate will receive 20 tickets for their guests. Tickets will be distributed to graduates by Career Services at the time of graduation attire pickup. All graduation guests must present a ticket to enter. If you have friends and family who cannot make it to the ceremony, it will be streamed live online.

View the live stream →


A: Graduates are required to arrive at Memorial Auditorium by 8:45 a.m on Friday, May 10, at the latest.  Doors will not be open for guest arrival until 9 a.m.

A: There are several pay parking lots and spaces within walking distance near Memorial Auditorium. View Directions and parking information →

Please be aware that there is a fee for parking in downtown Raleigh. The R-line route features a stop near Memorial Auditorium, so you may always park at the school and take the bus on the corner of Dawson and Morgan Streets.

A: This is a professional ceremony. Each graduate will be provided a flat mortarboard cap and a gown. Men should wear dark slacks and dark shoes under their gowns. Women should wear dark slacks or skirts under their gowns, as well as dark, comfortable shoes. Mortarboard caps and tams cannot be decorated.

A: Graduates CANNOT bring personal items to the graduation ceremony due to a lack of storage space. In the event that a graduate must bring personal items, they must make arrangements in advance with a family member or friend to hold on to their items during the graduation ceremony. Campbell Law School and Memorial Auditorium are not responsible for the loss of any personal items.

A: As mentioned, this is a professional ceremony, so it is advised that guests wear business attire.

A: Yes. If space for a wheelchair is needed, or any other special considerations, please complete the Graduate Seating Accommodation form

A: The Student Bar Association will host a reception after graduation rehearsal from 2 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Traine Raleigh, 121 Seaboard Ave. For more information, please contact Alexandra Puszczynski. Students generally prefer to dine on their own after the ceremony. Live, Work, Play provides a listing of dining and entertainment options in the downtown area.

A: You may order personalized graduation announcements and class rings from Balfour online or by calling 1-877-225-3687. Both credit cards and checks are accepted. The Campbell University bookstore on main campus carries non-personalized graduation announcements and diploma frames. You can also purchase diploma frames online via the Campbell University bookstore.

A: Several lodging options are available near the facility.

Raleigh Marriott City Center / (919) 833-1120

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown /  (919) 856-0017

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel / (800) 325-3535

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown / (800) 465-4329

DoubleTree Hilton Raleigh Brownstone / (919) 828-0811

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown / (919) 825-4770