News & Announcements


2014 Commencement
The Graduate School's PhD hooding ceremony will be held May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center. More information about graduation ceremonies

Evelyn F. Murphy Named Recipient of 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Evelyn F. Murphy, the first woman to hold constitutional office in Massachusetts, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Duke Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She will be honored at a dinner on May 9 and during The Graduate School’s hooding ceremony on May 10. Murphy holds a BA in mathematics and a PhD in economics from Duke, as well as an MA in economics from Columbia.

Graduate School Newsletter is online

The latest Graduate School Newsletter is available online at Check out the Dean's awards, Graduate Student Appreciation Week and more!

New Professional Development Series
Registration is now open for events in the Spring 2014 Professional Development Series. You can find these and other professional development opportunities on the Graduate School Professional Development Calendar.

Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education
The Graduate School is pleased to announce the creation of the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education for departments and programs. The Graduate School is committed to excellence, equity and inclusion in its graduate programs and to creating a welcoming environment that engages all of its diversity in the intellectual development of its students.  Inclusive excellence in graduate programs means not only demographics, but is also reflected in the departmental and program climate, curriculum, intellectual discourse and recruitment, retention and graduation of individuals underrepresented in the discipline, field or area.  The Graduate School seeks to acknowledge extraordinary achievements by departments and programs that contribute to this environment of inclusive excellence in graduate education. The deadline for nominations is December 2, 2013. For complete information and the nomination form, visit the award webpage.

From the Dean

Duke is an energetic and vibrant university at the forefront of graduate education. Graduate students are an integral part of its research, teaching, and service missions. The hallmark of graduate education at Duke is a rich blend of deep, specialized knowledge in a field of study combined with opportunities for significant exposure to intersections at the boundaries and frontiers of other fields, where multidisciplinary approaches are key to discovery...Read more from the Dean


Dean McClain Receives One of the Country's Top Honors

Paula D. McClain, dean of The Graduate School, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences more >

Paula D. McClain

Looney Earns Service Award

Jacqueline Looney, who oversees the school's Office of Graduate Student Affairs, has received a Meritorious Presidential Award for her outstanding service to the university. more >

Jackie Looney


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