Plus, a preview of new allergen-free dining locations
Plus, a preview of new allergen-free dining locations

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May 5, 2023
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Dear students,
You've made it! Congratulations on reaching the end of the school year. We're so proud of your hard work and continued persistence through a demanding year.
As you prepare for the summer, take some time to celebrate all that you've accomplished. We've watched this community grow and support one another, and we hope the next few months are an opportunity to recharge and recenter.
To our graduating seniors, we have more to say, but we'll save it for when we celebrate together at Commencement next week.
For our rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, we are already looking forward to seeing you on campus in the fall! But we get it if you need a break from school for a bit.
Don't be strangers — if there's anything we can do to help, reach out. We're always here to support you, even during summer break.
Until we meet again, take care!
Go Duke,
Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Candis Watts Smith, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Engagement Opportunities

Seniors, tell us what you *really* think

You might win a $25 gift card!
Graduating students 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.

TONIGHT: Final Honors 2023

Join the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture tonight as we celebrate the 2023 graduates of the African and African American Diaspora. Come to support friends, family, or colleagues, as well as hear from our 2023 Final Honors Keynote Speaker. Champagne toast and reception to follow. RSVP on Duke Groups.

Graduation and Farewell Brunch for International Students

The Duke International Student Center would love to help you celebrate your great achievement and an end to a successful year! Join DISC staff on May 11, anytime between 10:30 and 1:00, for food and conversation. RSVP on Duke Groups.

Student Commencement Speakers Announced

This year’s student speakers, selected from more than 350 nominees, will be Trinity senior Kyle-Brandon “KB” Denis and M.D./Ph.D. candidate Dylan Eiger. They will deliver welcome remarks at the university-wide ceremony at 9.a.m. Sunday, May 14, in Wallace Wade Stadium. Read about their achievements on Duke Today!

Coming soon: New allergen-free dining venues

Duke Dining announced two new dining location that will be completely free of the top 9 most common allergens, including peanuts and tree nuts. Learn more about the announcement and what it means for BC Plaza here.
Resource Highlights

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?
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!
Spotted on Campus

LDOC 2023

Another great year in the books! We hope you had a great time celebrating the Last Day of Classes. We know we did!
Duke students celebrating the last day of classes
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