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Duke Student Affairs

May 5, 2021

You did it!!

What a year this has been. We are SO PROUD of each and every one of you—not just for completing the academic year, but for all the ways that you have shown care for your community, come together to support one another, and both shown resilience and reached out for help when you needed it this year. We are so grateful to be a part of this Duke community.  
Whatever your summer plans are, and wherever you will be the next few months, we hope that you get some time to rest, recover, and reflect on this past year. We'll see you soon. 
Go Duke, 
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs  
Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education    

Vaccine info

Vaccination and masking are the most effective means of protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 and will be key to getting us beyond this pandemic.
If you haven't yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage you to do so, whether through Duke Student Health or wherever you are this summer. Go to to sign up or for more information.
If you received a vaccine outside of the Duke system, please let us know! Email a photo of your completed vaccine card to as soon as possible.  

On campus this summer? 

A couple of reminders if you will be on campus this summer
In order to protect the health and wellbeing of the Duke and Durham communities, we will continue COVID surveillance testing throughout the summer (twice per week if living on campus, once per week if living off campus). You will receive notification emails from Duke United when you're being called for testing. 
Summer surveillance testing sites and hours can be found on the Duke United site.
There will a rotating array of meal options available this summer, so keep an eye on the Duke Dining website and Instagram for more! 
Don't forget that the Duke Gardens are open this summer for students and staff with a ticket! Learn more about the Gardens (including a video tour) and reserve your tickets online.

While we're away...

While this newsletter won't land in your inboxes this summer, we still want to be sure you're aware of these summer milestones!
Asian AMERICAN AND Pacific ISLANDER heritage month: While we at Duke celebrated Asian/American Pacific Islander Heritage Month during the month of April, the federal celebration is during the month of May! Check out how we celebrated on campus, and how you can continue to celebrate this month and beyond.
pride month: Pride celebrations are scattered throughout the year (Duke's Coming Out Day typically occurs in October, while Durham Pride typically occurs in September), but the official-official federal month is JUNE! Maybe share a little extra love this June by volunteering at the LGBTQ Center of Durham.
juneteenth: Juneteenth / Freedom Day / Jubilee Day / Liberation Day / Emancipation Day commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. and celebrates those who had been enslaved, and takes place on June 19. Durham has an annual celebration, free and open to the public (and observing COVID precautions this year!).
discover durham's great outdoors: Staying in Durham this summer and looking for an adventure? Find a park, stream, hiking trail, or other green spot on Durham's Great Outdoor Adventure Guide

See you in the fall!

If you won't be in Durham this summer, we'll look forward to seeing you in the fall! This newsletter will be on hiatus for summer, so we'll see you back in this space in August. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun until then. We'll miss you!  

Share your summer photos with us! 

We want to see what you are up to this summer! Share your photos with us by emailing, or post on Instagram and tag @DukeStudentAffairs, and we may repost or share a roundup in the newsletter in August.