Founders’ Day

One of the long-standing traditions of Trinity College and Duke University is the observance of honoring the benefactors of the institution. The practice was formalized by the Board of Trustees on June 4, 1901, when October 3 was designated as Benefactors’ Day in honor of Washington Duke. In 1926, its name was changed to Duke University Day, and, since 1948, it has been called Founders’ Day.

Although the name has changed over the years, the original intent of honoring the visionaries of the university remains and we celebrate those who carry on the legacy of Duke University and its tradition of excellence.

Highest Honors

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award
Distinguished Alumni Award
University Medal

Faculty and Staff Awards

Award for Excellence in Advising
Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing
Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising
Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research
David and Janet Vaughan Brooks Distinguished Teaching Award
Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Dean’s Leadership Award
Dean’s Award for Leadership in Program and Operational Excellence
Howard D. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award
Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award
Lois and John L. Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award
Richard K. Lublin Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence
Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award
Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award
Teaching with Technology Award

Diversity Award
Meritorious Service Award
Presidential Award
Teamwork Award

Community Awards

Humanitarian Service Award

Duke Alumni Association Awards

Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award
Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Forever Duke Award