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2019 & 2020 Orientation Schedule

The 2020 orientation schedule will be updated in Summer 2020* 

*All program dates are subject to change due to implications of COVID-19. Please continue to check this page and Duke’s coronavirus response website for the latest updates & information.

New Graduate Student Orientation is typically scheduled based on Duke's academic calendar.
Departmental & program orientation details TBD

Additional information: 

2019 Orientation Week Events

English for International Students (EIS) Placement Exams: August 14-22, 2019 (Time and location TBD in consultation with departments)

Register for events with an asterisk (*)


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, and an opportunity to meet the staff and mingle with other students. Sponsored by The Graduate School for incoming graduate students.


Graduate Student Orientation*
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center
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 (Ph.D. students only - separate registration required)
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)
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.
Session FULL

Graduate and Professional School Convocation
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Duke Chapel
Keynote speaker: James E. Coleman, Jr., John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School


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.

Tax Workshop for U.S. Citizens (Ph.D. students only - separate registration required)
5:15–6:15 p.m.
Perkins Library 217 (Korman Assembly Room)
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. This session will cover U.S. taxes only.
Session FULL. Please email if you wish to be added to the waitlist.


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.
Please Register HERE

RCR Orientation for Basic Medical Sciences PhD Students
First-Year Ethics Retreat
Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation