February 22, 2020

Appreciation Week Events

All Week Long

      • Participate in a Moments of Mindfulness session through the Duke Student Wellness Center to be eligible for exclusive swag items! No registration or experience necessary. Available April 4-8.
      • Special discounts and a pen giveaway from Duke Stores! With a coupon from Duke Stores, access a 20% off discount (some exclusions apply) and a free pen. Just display your coupon before you purchase items. First come, first served basis. Pick up your coupon from your school.
      • Duke is celebrating graduate and professional students with cookies. Find your school’s pickup date and location.
      • Students with children: share your Blue Devil pride with your little ones! Pick up a coloring kit for your kiddos from your school.
      • Perkins and Bostock Libraries will host a Collection Spotlight in honor of Appreciation Week.
      • Monday through Thursday, the Center for Muslim Life will host a meal to break our fast at sunset in the Brodhead Center dining facility, followed by talks and prayer.
      • Enter for a chance to win free lunch on April 21 with Duke’s Dean of Students, John Blackshear! Twenty lucky graduate and professional students have the opportunity to kick back and chill with Dean Blackshear on Thursday, April 21 from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided for those selected; please enter only if you can attend the entire lunch. Entries close Sunday, April 10.

Monday, April 4

Note: The Trivia Night event originally planned for April 4 has been moved to Wednesday, April 6.

Tuesday, April 5

Women in STEM with Zen Succulent

1:00 to 3:00 pm
Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center (map)

Join Duke Alumni Engagement and Development, Pratt School of Engineering, and The Graduate School for a conversation with Duke alumnae about women in STEM all while building your own terrarium. Registration is now full.

Restorative Yoga

5:00 to 5:50 pm
Student Wellness Center Room 144 (map)

This wellness experience will allow you to focus on your mind-body connection through physical poses, controlled breathing, and relaxation that will help you manage stress and anxiety. Free Duke water bottles sponsored by the Duke Career Center for graduate & professional students who attend.

Wednesday, April 6

Beyond the Profile: Optimizing Your LinkedIn Use (virtual)

12:00 to 1:00 pm

Join alumna Heidi Scott Giusto, Ph.D.’12 (History) for a Zoom-based workshop that will help you make the most of LinkedIn for your career research as well as building your network.  Dr. Giusto is the founder of her business Career Path Writing Solutions. Registration required.

Appreciation Reception at the Divinity School

12:30 to 1:30 pm

The Divinity School invites graduate and professional students to join worship services at Goodson Chapel (map) from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, followed by LocoPops on Bovender Terrace (outside the Divinity Café). Hispanic House of Studies will be leading the service. Students are also welcome to attend worship services on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm in Goodson Chapel.

Trivia Night (virtual)

8:00 to 8:30 pm

Take a 30-minute break from your studies and play a lively game of trivia! All questions relate to Duke, Durham, or North Carolina, and prizes will be provided to the top performers. Feel free to join with your partner or family. Each participant will need 1 computer or tablet to join the Zoom and 1 smartphone in order to play the game on Kahoot (you do not need to download the app). Join the Zoom meeting

Jazz at the Mary Lou

9:00 pm to 12:00 am
Mary Lou Williams Center, 101 Flowers (map)

Fill your Wednesday evening with live jazz and the exquisite company of jazz lovers from the campus and community in an energetic and engaging atmosphere.  Enjoy live performances by local musicians as well as Duke music students. Feel free to stay for just one set or for the entire evening.

Thursday, April 7

Free Admission to the Museum of Life and Science for Durham Residents (map)

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
On Durham Community Days, Durham County residents get free admission to the museum with proof of residence; adults can bring up to five children.

Duke GRADx Talks

3:00 to 5:00 pm
Trent Semans Center for Health Education, Learning Hall, 2nd floor (map) or via Zoom

Enjoy a series of TEDx-style talks given by Duke graduate students in diverse fields in the tenth annual Duke GRADx Talks. Registration required for in-person attendees; for Zoom attendance, register here.


5:30 to 6:30 pm
Student Wellness Center Oasis (map)

Come drink tea, enjoy snacks and sweets, and have some pleasant conversation with your fellow tea lovers. We will welcome graduate and professional students and appreciate them with free tea giveaways!

Lavender Graduation

6:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center (The Ruby) Lounge (map)

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony that congratulates and celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQIA+ and ally undergraduates and graduate/professional students. Registration required

Free Admission to the Nasher Museum of Art (map)

5:00 to 9:00 pm

Explore Duke’s own art museum during special Thursday evening hours. Free admission for all Duke students.

Friday, April 8

Decompress at Duke Campus Farm (directions)

3:00 to 6:00 pm

Invite yourself to stroll the fields, sip tea with a friend, share a poem with the birds, or study/doodle/stretch/write. BYO mug (DCF provides the tea!) and BYO water bottle to transport fresh-cut flowers home. Advance sign-ups appreciated.

GPSG Mixer

7:00 pm until 11:00 pm
Durham Hotel Rooftop (map)

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for their rooftop mixer celebrating graduates for our appreciation week. Located at the Durham Hotel rooftop, students can take in one-of-a-kind views of Durham and the surrounding area. We’ll have the entire rooftop space, a DJ, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Limited space so register now!

Cookie, Coupon and Coloring Kit Pickup

Fuqua School of Business: Monday, April 4, 12:40 to 1:45 pm, Fox Student Center

The Graduate School (for Ph.D. and A.M, M.S., M.F.A. and M.A.T. students): Monday, April 4, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at 2127 Campus Drive (map)

Pratt School of Engineering: Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 to 3:00 pm, Teer Lounge

Divinity School: Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Divinity Student Lounge

School-Specific Events

Some schools will host additional events for their students as part of the week’s celebration.

The Graduate School