Seniors, don't forget to take the survey!
Seniors, don't forget to take the survey!

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April 19, 2023
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Dear students,
A HUGE thank you to everyone who showed up for last week's Bricks to Stone celebration. The rain held off, and it was the perfect way to honor our first-year students' transition to West Campus. We loved attending the Quad parties after the pinning ceremony and seeing each Quad’s unique personality shine through.
As we enter these final weeks together on campus (LDOC is next week!!), we want to encourage you to finish the semester strong. There's so much ahead that we get to celebrate, from affinity graduations to awards ceremonies — all leading up to Commencement Day on May 14!
We know that the home stretch of the school year can be an overwhelming mix of excitement and apprehension. If you need to talk to someone for any reason, we have staff members here to support you and celebrate you. You can find all campus resources on our Get Assistance page, which is now at the bottom of every newsletter we send.
Don't worry, this isn't the last you hear from us before summer break. We've still got one more newsletter, so look for that during finals week. In the meantime, best of luck wrapping up your classes. You've got this!
Go Duke,
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Candis Watts Smith, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
QuadEx Updates

Save the Date: Spark Summit 2023

Class of 2026! We are so excited to welcome you back to campus this fall with our annual Spark Summit on Saturday, August 26th!
The Summit is an intentional space for grounding the Sophomore experience at Duke by providing opportunities for networking, hearing from alumni, a resource fair, and other sessions focused on wellness, advice, mentorship, major considerations, and more. Our hope is that you will leave feeling empowered and equipped to tackle the Sophomore slump and other challenges you may face during your college journey. We hope to see you there!
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Engagement Opportunities

Eid Mubarak!

Join the Center for Muslim Life and over a dozen local mosques in celebrating Eid Al-Fitr this Friday, April 21. The CML is hosting congregational Eid prayer at 10 a.m. in McClendon Tower, Fifth Floor. Then, stop by Few GG outdoor quads from 12-2 p.m. for the CML’s Eid Fest featuring halal BBQ, henna, inflatable games, lawn games, paint kits, cotton candy, and more! All are welcome!
Follow @dukecml on Instagram and subscribe to the CML weekly newsletter for the most updated information!

Want to attend the LDOC Concert?

In order to attend the LDOC Concert, all students will need a wristband. Check your inbox for an email from Duke University Union, with all the directions you need to attend! We don't want you to miss this incredible experience.
Pro Tip of the Week

Know the LDOC Alcohol Policies

Ahead of LDOC celebrations please remember that normal alcohol policies apply. Students aged 21 and older may bring:
  • Beer or seltzer (5% ABV or less)
  • Up to six 12-ounce cans
Please take advantage of the free food and water that we'll provide. Remember that unattended alcohol will be discarded. For everyone's safety, we ask that you comply with these additional policies:
  • No wine or hard liquors
  • No glass bottles
  • No plastic containers (including BORGs)
  • No distribution or sharing
  • No alcohol on Chapel Quad
Graphic displaying LDOC alcohol policies (all text in this image is inclued in the text block above the image)

Seniors, you can win a $25 gift card!

If you're graduating in a few weeks, you should have received an email to participate in our annual Senior SurveyThis survey provides you with an opportunity to reflect on the entirety of your Duke experience, both inside and outside the classroom. We rely on the results of this survey to help us understand how to make Duke a better place, and we would be grateful to hear from the Class of 2023.
If you didn't receive an email — or if you have questions about the survey — reach out to

As a token of our appreciation for your participation, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon e-gift card, and we will let you know if you are one of 120 lucky winners when the survey is closed.

Be vigilant for scammers!

It has been brought to our attention that Duke parents have received calls from individuals fraudulently identifying themselves as Duke Police officers and soliciting money from parents. The caller states that the student has been arrested and then instructs the parents to pay bail through CashApp, Venmo, or Zelle. The caller has been using a phone number and/or caller ID that makes the number they are calling from appear to be Duke Police.
Please be advised that Duke Police will never call and ask for bail money. Anyone with additional information should contact Duke Police's non-emergency line: 919-684-2444.
Resource Highlights

Lyft Late Night Pilot Program extended to May 7

If you signed the waiver to participate in the Lyft Late Night Pilot Program, we're extending the program through May 7 to provide services through the end of the semester!

Last week of Ramadan

Join the Center for Muslim Life (CML) this Monday- Thursday for the last week of free suhoor/sehri and iftar meals, prayer, and Ramadan programming. More info can be found on our website!

The Center for Muslim Life would like to thank this year's Ramadan sponsors: Office of the Vice Provost/Vice President- Mary Pat McMahon, Academic Guides, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke International Student Center, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, The Freeman Family Program Fund of Jewish Life at Duke, Interfaith Roundtable at Duke Chapel, Graduate and Professional Student Services, and the Malak and Jaffar Raza Family, and Haci Hamza Akinci. 

Learn from the Career Center's podcast

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon MusicWhat's Career Got To Do With It? is a weekly podcast from the Duke Career Center. This podcast is brought to you by four team members who hope to provide a space for honest conversation and information that encourages the listener to take the next steps in their career journey (or empower someone else to). Wherever you are in this process, we hope each episode will provide affirmation, guidance and some laughs along the way.
Subscribe today and hear about topics like:
  • What is Professionalism?
  • When is the right time to change paths?
  • Why do goals matter?
  • How do I find helpful humans and resources to kickstart my search?
  • Where do I go from here?
  • What if I haven't found my purpose?
  • What even is career success?
Spotted on Campus

Bricks to Stone

Check out this video from last week's celebration of our first-year students!
Video for Bricks to Stone 2023