The Class of 2023 has had a most unique four years at Duke. From attending college through a global pandemic to watching the Duke undergraduate experience change right before them, this class has seen it all. The Chronicle is here to celebrate their accomplishments in preparation for Commencement on Sunday with this year's graduation preview.
Below, you’ll find a revisiting of the years the Class of 2023 spent at Duke, reflections from Duke seniors, a look at this year’s honorary degree recipients and more.
1. Seniors reflect on their time at Duke
By Holly Keegan
Seniors reflected on the community they built and the personal growth they've experienced ahead of graduation.
2. First Year: 2019-2020
The Class of 2023's first year on campus started out normally, but ended with students being sent home during the spring semester.
3. Sophomore Year: 2020-2021
The Class of 2023's sophomore year was the beginning of a new normal, with its members studying from Durham and around the world.
4. Junior Year: 2021-2022
The Class of 2023's junior year was hallmarked by changes to Duke's housing system, an unforgettable basketball season and a return to near-normalcy.
5. Senior Year: 2022-2023
During the Class of 2023's senior year, Duke announced its Climate Commitment, while student groups struggled.
6. Meet this year's honorary degree recipients
By Ishani Raha and Andrew Bae
Duke will award honorary degrees to four individuals who have made important contributions to their fields, ranging from climate science to the arts.
7. Meet this year's commencement speaker
By Senou Kounouho
Adam Silver, Trinity '89, will be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2023. In his speech, he plans to tell students that their Duke experience is only just beginning.
8. Upcoming commencement events
By Michelle Brown
From the main commencement event in Wallace Wade Stadium to doctoral hooding ceremonies, here are the ways Duke is celebrating those graduating in 2023.
9. The Class of 2023's graduation photos
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