The Duke Graduate School Few-Glasson Alumni Society recognizes graduates of the school who have distinguished themselves through their career accomplishments, the potential of their current endeavors, or their support for graduate students and graduate education at Duke.

The honor is named for William Preston Few and William Henry Glasson. Few, the first president of Duke University, oversaw the creation of The Graduate School and was a strong supporter of graduate education at Duke. Glasson was a professor of political economy and social sciences at Duke and the first dean of The Graduate School, serving in that role from 1926 to 1938.


We are currently accepting nominations for 2024!  For details and to access the nominations form please see the Nominations section below.

Individuals must be a graduate of a Ph.D. or master’s program within the Duke Graduate School and should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have made notable contributions to their fields, community, or society at large
  • Are engaged in endeavors that hold outstanding promise
  • Have provided significant support to graduate education at Duke*

*–Support can be in many forms, such as donating their time, serving as mentors, or making financial contributions to support graduate students.


  • Recipients of The Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Award are automatically inducted into the society.
  • Nominees who are not chosen remain in the pool of candidates for consideration in future years.

Deans, chairs, directors of graduate studies, students, alumni, and other individuals from the Duke community can submit nominations by completing the online form, which will ask for a brief statement on why the individual should be considered for the honor.

The selection committee will consist of individuals selected from the Executive Committee of Graduate Faculty, other graduate faculty, a graduate student, a representative from Alumni Affairs, and the dean of The Graduate School or a designate.

Selected honorees will be recognized during homecoming activities in the fall.