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2019 Orientation Schedule

2019 Departmental & Program Orientation details TBD

English for International Students (EIS) Placement Exams: August 14-22, 2019 (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, 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*
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Rubenstein 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.

Graduate and Professional School Convocation
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Duke Chapel


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.


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.

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

*Registration will be required.