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The Graduate School and Duke University want to be more than just a memory that you look back on with fondness. We want to provide you with career services, lifelong learning opportunities, and ways to engage with other alumni, the university, our faculty, and our students. In short, we want to be a supportive community that you can turn to at each stage of your journey after you leave Duke.


News for Alumni

Alumni Profiles Series: Stephen Williams

July 22, 2020
Stephen Williams, Ph.D.

"I do executive recruiting for biopharma companies.  I rely very little on CVs.  To me, a CV is like a DNA sequence, a string of letters that mean nothing until they are expressed. My job is to express the CV and those letters."

Alumni Profiles Series: Claudio Saunt

July 8, 2020
Claudio Saunt, Ph.D.

"Don’t get caught up in the passing debates in the field. In other words, try to think originally about your subjects. I always recall a Miles Davis quote in which he says if he had to do it all over again, he would not listen to any music. Now that’s preposterous, but his larger point is once you’ve learned the clichés, it’s hard to forget them. If you want to do something truly original, you need to keep your distance."

Alumni Profiles Series: Paul Allen Sommerfeld

June 24, 2020
Paul Sommerfeld, Ph.D.

Paul Allen Sommerfeld built a career on the foundation of library internships during his time at Duke. As a music librarian for the Library of Congress, he leverages his Ph.D. training in Musicology to execute projects such as creating a bibliography of all Disney scores.