Graduate Student Orientation will follow the Academic Calendar each year, and will take place on Tuesday of Orientation Week.

To help new students make the transition to graduate student life at Duke, The Graduate School hosts an orientation week each August to provide a series of activities designed to introduce students to The Graduate School, Duke University, and each other. 

Graduate School orientation activities are designed for students in Ph.D., A.M., M.S., M.F.A. and M.A.T. degree programs. Graduate students in other degree programs are invited to attend orientation events in their respective schools. 

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Fall 2024 Orientation Week Schedule

Monday, AUGUST 19

PhD RCR Orientation for Basic Medical Sciences (required)

8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (EDT), In person (TBA)
See which academic division your department falls under
Participation in this orientation also earns credit for BIOTRAIN750
Registration will be required. For more information, consult the RCR Orientation website.

Understanding Income Sources & Tax Reporting Information for Incoming Domestic PhD Students
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., McClendon Commons (Auditorium in Duke Undergraduate Admissions)
This session is optional and registration will be required.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

Orientation Information Session: 10:00 a.m. - noon via Zoom
Incoming students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Graduate Student Resource Fair: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.; Abele Quad tent in front of Duke Chapel
Registration will be required.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

Master's RCR Orientation (required)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Participation in this orientation also earns credit for GS714 & GS715
Registration will be required. For more information, consult the RCR Orientation website.

 

Mentoring and Graduate Student Success: A Workshop for Incoming PhD Students
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm., Holsti Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library (room 153)
**This forum is optional and not part of RCR orientation**

Join Duke faculty, staff, and senior graduate students in an informal conversation about establishing supportive mentoring relationships and the role of good mentoring in your success as graduate students. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Participation in this forum earns 2 RCR credits for graduate students. You will NOT receive credit if you arrive for this event late or leave early. For questions regarding RCR credit, contact grad-rcr@duke.edu.

 

New Graduate and Professional Student Welcome Reception
4:30 to 6:00 pm, location TBA
Pre-registration will be required
 

Thursday, AUGUST 22

PhD RCR Orientation for Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering (required)
See which academic division your department falls under
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
Participation in this orientation also earns credit for GS714 & GS715
Registration will be required. For more information, consult the RCR Orientation website.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Welcome/Welcome Back Event at The Graduate School
3:30 - 5:00 p.m., 2127 Campus Drive (map)

Join incoming and returning graduate students at The Graduate School for a welcome/welcome back gathering. We will have music, games, goodies and giveaways.
Pre-registration will be required.
 

Other Orientation-Related Information

Contact

Graduate School Orientation Team

grad-orientation@duke.edu

Photos from Fall 2023 Orientation Week