“... 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
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.
A look at some of the significant events and people in the first 90 years of The Graduate School.
Interesting snippets from the school's history.
- The Early Years
- Teaching How to Teach
- Welcoming the World to Durham
- The First Ph.D.s
- First Black Ph.D. Graduates
- James B. Duke Fellowship
Throughout 2016, we are profiling notable graduates from each decade of the school's history.
A showcase of photos from our students about their work.
Tell us how your Duke graduate education helped you in your life and career.
Make a leadership gift to help keep graduate education at Duke thriving for the next 90 years.
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.
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.)