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90th Anniversary of the Duke Graduate School

“... more perhaps than anything else here our Graduate School will determine the sort of University we are to have and its standing in the educational world.”

— William P. Few, Duke's first president

90th Anniversary

In 2016, The Graduate School is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its founding. Since its establishment in 1926—two years after Duke University was created—the school has trained almost 30,000 graduate students. Join us as we celebrate The Graduate School's 90th birthday and the important roles that graduate students and graduate education play at Duke.


commemorateTimeline of School History

A look at some of the significant events and people in the first 90 years of The Graduate School.

History Spotlights

Interesting snippets from the school's history.


Throughout 2016, we are profiling notable graduates from each decade of the school's history.



participateGraduate student photo contest

A showcase of photos from our students about their work.

Alumni: Share Your Perspectives

Tell us how your Duke graduate education helped you in your life and career.

Take the Lead

Make a leadership gift to help keep graduate education at Duke thriving for the next 90 years.



celebrateAnniversary Celebration: Fall 2016

Make plans now to attend The Graduate School's anniversary celebration at its homecoming reception. We will have more details once the homecoming date is announced.

Night Out with the Bulls

As part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the school is organizing a night out at the Durham Bulls on Saturday, April 9. (All tickets have been claimed.)

More Anniversary Events


Check back throughout 2016 for more anniversary news and events.