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2018 Orientation Schedule

2018 Departmental & Program Orientation details

English for International Students (EIS) Placement Exams: August 16-24, 2018 (Time and location TBD in consultation with departments)


Welcome Reception for New Graduate Students*
4:30–6:00 p.m.
The Graduate School Lawn, 2127 Campus Drive (West Campus)
Join us on The Graduate School front lawn for picnic food, an opportunity to meet the staff and mingle with other students, play games and receive giveaways. Sponsored by The Graduate School for all new graduate students.


Graduate Student Orientation
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center (Overflow: Griffith Film Theater)
The orientation is intended to help new students transition to graduate school by providing information about the academic community, policies, and resources. All new students should plan to attend. There will be an open question-and-answer period following the orientation. Lunch will be available after the session.

Graduate Student Resource Fair
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Penn Pavilion
Representatives from many student groups, volunteer organizations, administrative offices, local vendors (e.g., banks), and other establishments will be set up at tables offering information. DukeCards will be available for pick-up at the information session for students who previously submitted the required information online to the DukeCard Office.

Safety Workshop*
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Second Level
The Office of Graduate Student Affairs in collaboration with the Duke Police will host a workshop focused on how to enhance crime prevention skills and awareness in our community.


RCR Orientation for Master’s Degree Students
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
All incoming master’s students must attend this mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

Mentoring and Graduate Student Success* - Workshop Full
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Brodhead Center Room 068
Join Duke faculty and graduate students in an informal conversation about establishing supportive mentoring relationships and the role of good mentoring in your success as graduate students. PhD students who attend are eligible to receive RCR credits.

Graduate and Professional School Convocation
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Duke Chapel
Keynote speaker: Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
This event is the official opening ceremony to welcome all graduate and professional students.


RCR Orientation for Humanities and Social Sciences PhD Students
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

PhD Tax Workshop for PhD Students (US Citizens Only), hosted by Office of Student Loans and Personal Finance (, 919.660.3630)
Megan Hutchinson, a CPA with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland L.L.P, will explain how to report different sources of income, what expenses are deductible, and what tax credits and deductions may be available to graduate students. Note: This session will cover U.S. taxes only.
5:15–6:15 p.m.
McClendon Commons (adjacent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, located on West Campus near the traffic circle at 2138 Campus Drive)


RCR Orientation for Natural Sciences and Engineering PhD Students
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

Welcome Back Reception for Returning Graduate Students
4:00–6:00 p.m.
The Graduate School lawn
Returning graduate students are invited to come celebrate the start of the new academic year with the staff of The Graduate School.
Register for the Welcome Back Reception HERE

RCR Orientation for Basic Medical Sciences PhD Students
First-Year Ethics Retreat - Grandover Resort in Greensboro (transportation and meals included)
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.