The Graduate School was established in 1926—two years after Duke University was created—and has played a crucial part in the evolution of the university over nearly a century. This section offers a look at The Graduate School's past and present, some of the people who shaped that history, and the important roles that graduate students and graduate education play at Duke.


Year in Review

A look at highlights and numbers from The Graduate School over the past year

Browse the Annual Reports

School Timeline

A timeline of some of the significant events and people in The Graduate School's first century

See the Timeline

History Spotlights

Interesting snippets and crucial moments from the school's history

See the Spotlights

Black History at TGS

A look at the first wave of Black Ph.D. graduates after Duke desegregated

Meet the Pioneers

Documentary on the first Black woman to earn a Duke Ph.D.

The Education of Ida Owens