Sanford Welcomes New Alumni

 May 31, 2023

Judith Kelley speaking at graduate ceremony 2023
Dean Judith Kelley welcomed the graduates and their guests

Graduation means new additions to the Sanford alumni network!

As the class of 2023 starts their post-Duke life and joins the alumni community, I invite you to reflect on your own commencement experience. Whether you graduated decades ago or just last year, I hope each graduation reminds you of your time at Duke and the powerful work that Sanford continues to do. 

This graduation is the story of collective dedication, resilience, and passion for creating positive change. From outstanding research projects to invaluable internships and experiences in the public sector, they have demonstrated a commitment to addressing pressing societal challenges and improving the lives of people around the world.

Graduates stand at graduation ceremony

Their diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents have enriched the Sanford community, fostering a vibrant and inclusive environment where ideas flourish and collaboration thrives. The unwavering pursuit of knowledge, critical thinking, and policy analysis have prepared them to become the leaders, innovators, and changemakers our world needs.

In addition to celebrating their individual achievements, graduation means becoming part of the remarkable network of Sanford alumni. This vast community of changemakers spans the globe and encompasses leaders in various sectors of public policy. By joining this esteemed network, they now gain access to a wealth of knowledge, resources, and mentorship opportunities that will undoubtedly support their professional growth and endeavors. The Sanford alumni community is known for its generosity, collaboration, and commitment to advancing the public good. The class of 2023 is now part of a community that will continue to inspire, guide, and empower them in their pursuit of making a positive impact in the world.

Two graduates surrounded by their family and friends for large group photo

As they step forward into the next chapter of their lives, equipped with the skills and knowledge acquired at Sanford, we have full confidence in their ability to tackle complex issues, find innovative solutions, and contribute to shaping a more equitable and just society. Their passion for public service and dedication to the principles of social justice will create a lasting impact, just like the impact that our alumni make in their current leadership roles. 

As a Sanford alum, your time at Sanford has equipped you each with the tools to navigate these obstacles and transform them into catalysts for positive change. For the class of 2023, and all of our current alumni, I challenge you to embrace new experiences, take risks, and continue to pursue excellence in all your endeavors.

Judith shaking hands with student as they cross the stage

The Sanford School of Public Policy is immensely proud of our newest graduating class and the incredible alumni that they now join. We are excited to witness the wonderful contributions they will make to society as they embark on their professional journeys. As we celebrate this significant milestone, remember to cherish the friendships you forged and the memories you have created during your time at Sanford.

Congratulations once again, Class of 2023! May their future be filled with success, fulfillment, and a profound sense of purpose as they continue to make a difference in the world.

Once again to you all "tillykke"!

Judith Kelley
Dean and ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science


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