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2016 Commencement: Numbers and Photos


The Graduate School held its Ph.D. hooding ceremony on May 14 at the Durham Convention Center, where 255 Ph.D. students received their diplomas and celebrated with families and friends.

Ralph Alan Cohen (A.M.'69, Ph.D.'73 English), a noted Shakespearean scholar, received the Distinguished Alumni Award during the ceremony. Cohen, the only American to win the prestigious Sam Wanamkaer Award from Shakespeare's Globe, addressed the graduating students and recounted his own experience at Duke.

Here is a look back at The Graduate School's commencement weekend in numbers and pictures.

In Numbers



Pounds of salmon served at the reception after the Ph.D. hooding ceremony



Ph.D. graduates who attended the hooding ceremony



Ph.D. graduates for academic year 2015–2016



Master’s graduates for academic year 2015–2016



Total attendees at the Ph.D. hooding ceremony



Steps taken at the hooding ceremony by Sondra Ponzi, the lead organizer for the event.


In Pictures

See the pictures on our Facebook page.