Sanford Celebration Schedule
For questions and details to attend events, please contact the staff member listed. Some events are invitation only.
Sunday, May 2
9 a.m. EST
In-Person Event: Duke commencement celebration for undergraduates
In-person commencement ceremony for the Duke undergraduate members of the class of 2021 (and limited guests) on Sunday, May 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. Live stream will be available for everyone to attend: https://commencement.duke.edu/
12 p.m. EST
Virtual Event: Sanford graduation celebration for Undergraduate Public Policy Majors
Online celebration for the Sanford undergraduate members of the class of 2021 on Sunday, May 2 from at noon EST. Join online: https://www.youtube.com/user/DukeSanfordSchool
Contact: Suzanne Pierce
2 p.m. EST
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Graduation Photo Album
The celebration of our graduate and professional programs took place, for the first time ever, in the Cameron Indoor Stadium, a place widely regarded as the crown jewel of college basketball's classic venues. 73 received Master of Public Policy degrees, 24 earned Master of International Development Policy degrees, 6 snagged International Master of Environmental Policy degrees, and 5 earned PhDs.
Tuesday May 4
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST
Virtual Event: PhD in Public Policy
Contact: Lisa Kukla
Wednesday, May 5
9 a.m. EST
In-person Event: Sanford graduation celebration for graduate and professional students
In-person commencement ceremony for Sanford graduate and professional graduates on Wednesday, May 5 at 9 am. The University has confirmed its policy that guests will not be permitted at Cameron events. Live stream will be available for everyone to attend: https://www.youtube.com/user/DukeSanfordSchool
Friday, May 7
9-10 am EST
Virtual Event: Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)
Contact: Akma Kasmaganbetova
6 p.m. EST
Tifft Award Winner
This year’s Susan E. Tifft Teaching and Mentoring Award was presented to Kristin Goss, Kevin D. Gorter professor of public policy and political science and director of the Duke in DC program. The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching. The students who nominated her all shared their gratitude, and described the impact of her teaching and mentorship.
One student wrote, ““Though our interactions have been limited to through a computer screen and from miles away, the raw, relevant, and captivating conversations we have had have made me a wiser and more insightful person.” Read more about the award and Professor Goss >>
Duke is planning on a limited, in-person commencement ceremony for the undergraduate members of the class of 2021 on Sunday, May 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. At this point in time, graduates may bring up to two guests to the ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium. Find out is all the information you need to know about Duke's commencement activities.
Graduates: Now and forever, you will always be part of Sanford’s community. Keep the Sanford memories going – in a musical way. If Sanford was a song, or had a theme song, what would it be? What song would you add? Have a listen or add a song to our Sanford community playlist.
(Also, looking for the perfect graduation gift? Check out the online store.)
Invitation to Alumni
Help us celebrate online and welcome the 2021 graduates into the alumni network! E-mail us one piece of advice, or a memory, that you'd like to be shared with the class of 2021.
Class of 2021's Sanford experiences in 1 word
We asked graduates to share a single word that marks their Sanford experience: