Welcome Class of 2022 Alumni! Donna Dyer Farewell
Welcome Class of 2022 Alumni! Donna Dyer Farewell
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Sanford Memo --Alumni Newsletter

May 2022

Dean's Message  
Dear Sanford Alumni and Friends:
Join me in congratulating our newest 300+ members of the Sanford alumni family! On May 6, Sanford celebrated our 2022 graduates, who received their degrees 50 years after the start of public policy at Duke. This resilient class includes award winners, thesis writers, global change makers, scholarship recipients, innovators of policy solutions, and more.
Now, more than ever, the world needs public policy graduates to provide analysis plus action.
We applaud the Class of 2022! Read more.

These upcoming events are in person; some may have a virtual option.
Talking Politics on the Roof 
June 9 @ 6 pm EDT 
Rooftop Terrace of Duke in DC office, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
DC area alumni, please join us to gather with fellow alumni and enjoy the spectacular views from the Duke in DC rooftop terrace. Professor Deondra Rose, Director of Polis: Center for Politics, will be on hand to chat about how Sanford is utilizing political research, distinguished practitioners and a dose of fun to foster rich political discourse to help a new generation of leaders find on-ramps to public service. Register here

Alumni Celebration Honoring Donna Dyer 
June 22 @ 4:30 pm - 7 pm EDT 
, 900 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park 
Sanford Development and Alumni Relations invites alumni to honor Donna Dyer, who has been guiding students through career decisions since 1997. Join us at RTP’s Boxyard, a shipping container restaurant and entertainment venue. We will meet for drinks and pizza and share Donna stories from the past two decades as we honor her on the occasion of her retirement. Register here
Can’t join us in person? Send your good wishes on our Kudoboard
To explore more virtual events from this semester, visit the Sanford and Duke Alumni Association Forever Learning YouTube channels. 

Alumni Benefit 

Cybersecurity Leadership Program June 13-15

In this executive education course led by Sanford in partnership with others around Duke, participants engage with top academics, industry experts and government leaders to prepare for complex cybersecurity challenges and gain the critical skills necessary to withstand crises. For more information, including a special discount for Duke alumni, visit our website.  


New Sanford School Graduates tossing caps
Welcome New Alumni!

This past weekend, more than 300 new graduates from our undergraduate and graduate programs of the Class of 2022 joined the ranks of Sanford School alumni. The group included a student who earned his graduate degree while living in Rwanda, one who returned to complete his MPP after 20 years, and Duke’s first Chinese American student government president. Read more stories of recent graduates here. You can read about the events of the Sanford School ceremonies here.


Alumni Profile: 
Sonia Sekhar MPP'14

Sonia Sekhar MPP’14 was the alumna speaker during the Sanford graduate ceremony on May 6. Sekhar is the deputy director of the New York State of Health, the state’s official health plan marketplace. She is proud of the work her team did in response to the pandemic, to ensure that millions of New Yorkers kept their health insurance and more gained access. Read her profile here.

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