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Welcome Class of 2021

We celebrate you – more than 300 graduates! This webpage is a tribute to your accomplishments – highlighting stories of graduates, your shared memories, and well wishes from faculty, staff and your families. Sanford proudly welcomes you into a strong and successful network of more than 8,000 alumni in more than 100 countries.

From all of us at the Sanford School, we applaud you!

Join the celebration! #Duke2021 #PubPol2021


2021 Student Stories

If there was one word to describe this year’s graduates, that word would be “unstoppable.” #PubPol2021

Stories from Class of 2021

Dean Kelley says the 2021 graduates are unstoppable! “All of us here in the Sanford School enthusiastically applaud your sheer grit and determination to complete your education during one of the most challenging times in history,” she said in her remarks. “Each one of you that we’re sending out into the world has the power to make an impact on public policy."
#PubPol2021 | #Duke2021

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:


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:

Contact: Suzanne Pierce


2 p.m. EST

Virtual Event:  Policy Journalism and Media Studies
Contact: Megan McLane


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:

Flickr Photo Gallery | Commencement Ceremony Video 

Friday, May 7


9-10 am EST

Virtual Event: Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)

Contact: Akma Kasmaganbetova


6 p.m. EST

Virtual Event: Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Contacts: Genille Anderson / Mitch Moste