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Forever Duke

Be a part of a global family – forever.

Our value stretches beyond the classroom.

The Duke Alumni Association works to keep alumni relationships with Duke strong and spirited from the moment students graduate. Just as your experience at the university becomes an essential part of who you are, you will always be an irreplaceable part of Duke.

Powerful Alumni Benefits

From its roots as Trinity College, Duke has grown into a leading international research institution. Yet it has always maintained a spirit of creative innovation. It’s that spirit that alumni bring to all their endeavors. From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, Duke University alumni belong to a creative, ambitious and enterprising community that is making a difference in the world.

Our alumni network of 145,000 (and growing!) extends throughout the world. Alumni of all ages come back to campus by the thousands for not-to-be-missed celebrations such as Homecoming and Reunions, and they also connect across the globe through regional networks.  

There are countless ways for alumni to connect with each other and to remain connected to campus. Prospective students have the opportunity to learn about Duke through alumni interviews. If there is an alumni interviewing committee in the student's local area, students who submit their part of the application by the priority deadlines will be contacted by alumni on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who do not meet these priority deadlines may still have their names forwarded to alumni committees in their areas.

Spring class reunions give alumni a weekend to reminisce, catch up and network with the Duke friends they graduated with and celebrate all things Duke. One weekend each spring, 12 classes of Duke alumni from various decades, as well as Duke’s Half Century Club, return to campus for Reunions Weekend. Each class celebration happens every five years. 

At Homecoming each fall, alumni relive some of their favorite student experiences: Paint the East Campus Bridge, scream at the pep rally, tailgate – then cheer as the Blue Devils take to the football field. You'll also expand your knowledge about Duke's world-changing work as schools, colleges and centers host you for tours and cultural events.

Duke teaches students how to be critical thinkers, so it’s no surprise that our alumni are eager to pursue lifelong learning opportunities. From educational travel programs, to online Office Hours with favorite professors, to working with current students, alumni can take advantage of programs designed to meet them where they are professionally, intellectually and—through robust regional programming and online offerings--geographically.

Duke Alumni Affairs works year-round to engage, connect and celebrate alumni on campus, where they live, and, increasingly, online. Duke alumni stay in touch for future career and social networking through alumni gatherings, affinity groups and the DukeConnect online networking tool. We offer opportunities to celebrate your love of Duke, ranging from homecoming and reunions events to send-off parties and hoops watches.

Alumni Affairs provide an array of educational and service opportunities, such as travel to points around the globe, Duke Alums Engage, an online book club, and assistance with the college admissions process for the children and grandchildren of alumni. They also help alumni stay connected with Duke people, places, events and traditions through the award-winning Duke Magazine, a dynamic website, the Duke Blue Connections newsletter, email notices about events and programs and an online alumni directory.

  • Access insurance: Alumni have access to American Insurance Administrators for short-term health, renewable major medical, Medicare supplemental and group term life insurance needs and Liberty Mutual for home, auto and renter's insurance needs. Read details, or call (800) 922-1245.
  • Get career assistance: There's free career counseling, job hunts and online assistance for alumni at the Duke Career Center. DukeConnect is also available for alumni networking.
  • View yearbooks online.
  • Browse articles: Alumni Affiars and Duke University Libraries provide EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition, JSTOR, and ProQuest ABI/Inform Complete. To access these databases, log into the online directory and click on the "Research Resources" link.
  • Alumni park free on campus: They can park in select gated lots on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays (after 8 p.m. for Bryan Center Parking Garage IV). 
  • Be a guest at the Nasher: Receive free admission to Duke's dazzling art museum. (Free admission does not include special ticketed exhibitions.)
  • Borrow a book: You have full privileges at Perkins Library system and Divinity School Library. Alumni do not have access to library e-books at this time.
  • Work out: Enjoy five free visits to Wilson, Card, or Brodie gyms. Show your Duke Alumni Card to front-desk attendant.
  • Dress for Duke: Once-a-year 20 percent discount on regularly priced clothing and gifts at Duke Stores in the Bryan Center (some exclusions apply).
  • Grab and read: Once-a year, 20 percent discount at the Gothic Bookshop.

Duke Camaraderie. We live the spirit.

In 2011, nearly 1,000 Duke alumni in 42 cities across the country and around the world took on ambitious projects to serve their communities through Duke Alums Engage.

Participants built houses, mentored children, sorted clothing and food for the needy, promoted community health and fitness and much more. The day-long projects were tailored to the needs of each community, and, at the end of each day of service, alumni gathered to reflect on their experiences.

“I am proud that I know so many people who were willing to give so much of themselves to help others in need,” said Jack Boyd ’85, co-leader of the New York City project; New York alumni sponsored a community health and fitness day in partnership with the Children's Aid Society. “I’m also proud to be associated with a great university that asks its students both past and present to use their knowledge in service to society.”

Duke alumni engage in a neighborhood clean-up project.

Duke alumni engage in a neighborhood clean-up project.

Additional Learning Opportunities

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DukeReads Program

For five seasons, DukeReads has provided books selected by diverse Duke faculty and experts to give alumni a chance to hear what Duke is reading and learn insights from favorite Duke personalities.

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Duke Alumni Conversations

Each conversation is held in the form of a webinar, during which listeners may participate by submitting questions live. Topics range from paying off student loans to buying diamonds. An archive of all Duke Alumni Conversations is available.

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Duke Alumni Travel

Duke Alumni Association is your ticket to the world's cultures, sights and sounds. We handle the arrangements and work with high-quality providers so that you can relax, immerse and explore your dream destinations.

Alumni Making a Difference

"Duke University has a clear vision and plan for making social and public service part of an undergraduate education. DukeEngage will deepen and broaden the college experience by providing the funding and support students need to pursue meaningful service opportunities. We believe this program and others like it can truly enrich students' lives – enhancing their college years, informing career choices and inspiring public service in the future."

Student Story Melinda French Gates

T’86, businesswoman, philanthropist

Radha Mehta
Student Story Radha Mehta

T’02, VP of Mehta Engineering, singer

Paul Farmer
Student Story Paul Farmer

T’82, anthropologist, physician, human rights

Ken Jeong
Student Story Ken Jeong

T’90, comedian, physician

Celebrating our relationships with Duke

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Duke's graduates make an impact across the globe, but they always have a home on campus. At Homecoming each fall, alumni join current students for a weekend of Duke traditions. They cheer themselves hoarse as the Blue Devils take to the football field, celebrate at a community-wide dance hosted by President Brodhead and expand their knowledge of Duke's cutting edge work by attending lectures, tours and cultural events across campus.

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Fannie Mitchell Exchange

Duke alumni remain connected to campus by investing in current students. The Fannie Mitchell Exchange is a career event open to all students that brings alumni from a wide variety of industries back to campus to share their career experiences. Students have the opportunity to learn more about various career fields and to network with alums in casual settings, through small group discussions and individual conversations. 

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The relationships students form through Duke don't end on graduation day; they span a lifetime. Every spring, 12 classes of alumni from various decades, including the Half Century Club, return to campus to catch up and network with the friends who graduated alongside them. Each class celebration happens every five years, and Reunions Weekend festivities include more than 70 events, including tours, panel discussions, performances and social gatherings of all sizes.

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As part of the annual Duke Arts Festival, dozens of distinguished alumni from the entertainment, media and arts industries return to campus for DEMAN Weekend. They participate in open houses with students, industry-focused panel discussions, career workshops, arts tours and a luncheon.  The 2011 keynote speaker, Kara DioGuardi '93, the former American Idol judge, also led a master class in songwriting.