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student lifeBeing a graduate student is hard work, so at the Duke University Graduate School we work hard to make it easier for students to have access to resources needed to achieve their scholarly, personal, and professional goals. We are your advocate and your service provider, and we are committed to helping you become an active participant in the Duke University community.  If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about your experience at Duke, let us know. 

Student Handbook



  • Monday, August 20, 2018 to Friday, August 24, 2018

    2018 Orientation Week

    The Graduate School will hold Orientation Week for incoming students in fall 2018 on August 20-24.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Imposter Syndrome: How to Recognize it, Overcome It and Realize Your Academic Goals, Week 1 (Webinar)

    In this experiential multi-week course offered by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, we will explore imposter syndrome and work toward managing its relationship to making progress on our career goals. In the first week of the series, we'll lay the groundwork for our multi-week course by providing an overview of what we know about imposter syndrome, including a summary of the common ways imposter syndrome manifests in our lives.

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Summer is a wonderful time to make progress on your professional development goals. Whether your aspirations include updating your LinkedIn profile, starting your teaching portfolio, preparing faculty job application materials, conducting informational interviews, or researching career options, join our informal lunch gathering to share your progress and your questions.

News & Views

“Speed Mentoring”

May 23, 2018
Speed Mentoring

The Speed Mentoring Event was a creative and ambitious idea that exceeded our expectations. It allowed mentees to broaden their network of peer-mentors who could provide multiple resources, not only for completing their respective graduate programs, but for thriving within them as well.

2018 Commencement Photos and Video

May 15, 2018
Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

About 250 graduating Ph.D. students celebrated the completion of their degrees on Saturday, May 12, joined by more than 1,200 faculty, family members, and friends.

Getting Started on the Right Foot

Here are a couple videos to help new graduate students hit the ground running.