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Appreciation Week

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week

Graduate students make invaluable contributions to the Duke community. As a token of appreciation, The Graduate School organizes a week of activities each spring to give graduate students opportunities to socialize, unwind, network, and work on professional and personal development. The festivities are part of the student appreciation week sponsored by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students.

Spring 2022 Appreciation Week: April 4-8

The Graduate School will be celebrating its students as part of a Duke-wide week of activities to say thank-you to graduate and professional students.

Events Specifically for Graduate School Students



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Treat Yourself

Drop by The Graduate School (map) on Monday, April 4 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to pick up a cookie, pen, and a coupon for Duke Stores. Coloring kits will also be available for students with children.

Celebrate Your Milestone

The Graduate School will host its Milestone Ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, to recognize Ph.D. students who passed their prelims in the past year. Eligible students receive an invitation.

Other Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week Events

All Week Long
  • Participate in a Moments of Mindfulness session through the Duke Student Wellness Center to be eligible for exclusive swag items! No registration or experience necessary. Available April 4-8.
  • Special discounts and a pen giveaway from Duke Stores! With a coupon from Duke Stores, access a 20% off discount (some exclusions apply) and a free pen. Just display your coupon before you purchase items. First come, first served basis. Visit The Graduate School on Monday, April 4 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to pick up your coupon.
  • Duke is celebrating graduate and professional students with cookies. Visit The Graduate School on Monday, April 4 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
  • Students with children: share your Blue Devil pride with your little ones! Pick up a coloring kit for your kiddos at The Graduate School on Monday, April 4 between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
  • Perkins and Bostock Libraries will host a Collection Spotlight in honor of Appreciation Week.
  • Monday through Thursday, the Center for Muslim Life will host a meal to break our fast at sunset in the Brodhead Center dining facility, followed by talks and prayer.
  • Enter for a chance to win free lunch on April 21 with Duke's Dean of Students, John Blackshear! Twenty lucky graduate and professional students have the opportunity to kick back and chill with Dean Blackshear on Thursday, April 21 from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided for those selected; please enter only if you can attend the entire lunch. Entries close Sunday, April 10.
Monday, April 4
  • Graduate School students can pick up Duke stores coupons, cookies and children's coloring kits, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 5
  • Women in STEM with Zen Succulent, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Restorative Yoga, 5:00 to 5:50 pm
Wednesday, April 6
  • Beyond the Profile: Optimizing Your LinkedIn Use, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Trivia Night, 8:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Jazz at the Mary Lou, 9:00 pm to 12:00 am
Thursday, April 7
  • Free Admission to the Museum of Life and Science for Durham Residents, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Duke GRADx Talks, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • CommuniTEA, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Lavender Graduation, 6:00 pm
  • Free Admission to the Nasher Museum of Art, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Friday, April 8
  • Decompress at Duke Campus Farm, 3:00 to 6:00 pm
  • GPSG Mixer, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Details and Registration