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Senior Stories 2012

Journeys toward commencement from the Class of 2012

In the four years since the more than 1,600 members of the Class of 2012 arrived at Duke, they have been changed by their university experience in ways large and small.  Below are stories of nearly two dozen students who will graduate Sunday.  Some have discovered unexpected intellectual passions or talents for making a difference in the local community.  Others have had extraordinary experiences abroad.  Five of these students were interviewed by Duke Magazine in 2008 about their hopes and expectations for a Duke education.  Four years later the magazine returned to these students and looked at how their experiences compared with their expectations.  Look for more about the Class of 2012 in the May 2012 issue of the magazine.

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Ashwin Agarwal

Ashwin AgarwalTeaching Music to Durham Children

Michael Bernert

Michael BernertSocial Entrepreneurship in West Africa

Lauren Brown

Lauren BrownSetting a Higher Barfor Herself

Natalie and Caroline Buck

Natalie & Caroline BuckTwins on Their Timeat Duke University

Taylor Clarke

Taylor ClarkeShaping the Digital Media Landscape

David Deng

David DengBuilding Accessibilityto Safety Nets

Dan Forti

Dan FortiA Future in Multiethnic South Africa

Paul Harraka

Paul HarrakaNASCAR Driver Pursues the Pole Position

Lauren Hendricks

Lauren HendricksSanford Experience Leads to White House

Nathaniel Hill

Nathaniel HillTheater Studies and Ragtime

Greer Mackebee

Greer MackebeeDuke Senior Scores in Jeopardy

Andrew Mang

Andrew MangAt the Intersection of Technology and Business

Phyllis Mbewe

Phyllis MbeweEngineering for Environmental Health

Sidney Primas

Sidney PrimasGetting Inside the Human Brain

Rachna Reddy

Rachna Reddy A Second Home at the Lemur Center

Emma Ross

Emma Ross Romance Studies Student Turns to Technology

Roshan Sadanani

Roshan SadananiPratt Student Named Commencement Speaker

Paul Salem

Paul SalemA Veteran's Moral Imperative to Heal

Alex Sun

Alex SunRepairing Cartilage Using Stem Cells

Becca Ward

Becca WardHelping Consumers Choose Green Oil

Katrina Wisdom

Katrina WisdomA Dancer Takes an Engineering Spin

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