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Graduate School History Spotlights

SpotlightsAs part of commemorating The Graduate School's 90th anniversary in 2016, we will be taking a look at various aspects of the school's history throughout the year. Check back on this page for new history spotlights as they are posted.

The Early Years

The story of The Graduate School's first decade and how Duke almost didn't build a chapel.

Teaching How to Teach

Making sure students have the skills and experience to pass on knowledge has been an emphasis for The Graduate School since its founding.

Welcoming the World to Durham

A visual look at how the international graduate student population has grown over the years.

The First Ph.D.s

See what the first two doctoral graduates from Duke have in common.

First Black Ph.D. Graduates

Ida Stephens Owens and James Roland Law made history in 1967, six years after Duke was desegregated.

James B. Duke Fellowship

Catching up with a few of the hundreds of Ph.D. students who have benefited from the fellowship in the six decades since its creation.