Masks, Duke Cards & Welcome Bags: How Schools Are Welcoming Back Students

The Office of Student Affairs is preparing a virtual program of activities for students both on and off-campus.
The Office of Student Affairs is preparing a virtual program of activities for students both on and off-campus.

The restrictions needed to protect community health during the pandemic aren’t stopping the university from rolling out the welcome mat to students living both on- and off-campus.

First-year students began arriving today (Friday). The Class of 2024 will arrive in a staggered schedule across three days.  Sophomore and other students given permission for on-campus living will move in over three days beginning Monday.

Staff, administrators and faculty involved in students’ return spent the summer determined to make this unusual reopening memorable for students. The time before classes will still be filled with activities and events, including many that will be available to students learning remotely or living off-campus. Academic leaders will hold a virtual convocation to start students on their Duke experience with inspiration and energy.

In addition, schools and other programs and offices across the university have developed several efforts to welcome their students, sharing a message that all students on- and off-campus are a necessary part of the university community this semester.

Below, Duke Today captures some of those welcome efforts through social media messages posted this week.

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Gary Bennett is excited after recording his convocation message in Duke Chapel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Convocation feels a bit different this year, but I still burned alive in this getup — same as ever. #goduke

A post shared by Gary Bennett (@drgarybennett) on

 

Lilly Library

The libraries remain closed for in-person use, but Lilly Library on East Campus has a collection of items to introduce the building to new students.

 

Office of Student Affairs

Vice President Mary Pat McMahon tells students the Office of Student Affairs is ready for move-in.

 

Divinity School

The Divinity School welcome boxes have always been a favorite of students, particularly the lip balm.

 

Student Wellness

A sneak peek at the wellness kits being prepared for students.

 

Graduate School

The Graduate School held a drive-through distribution Thursday morning for departments to pick up masks, DukeCards, and wellness bags for their graduate students.

Graduate School staff members are holding a drive-through distribution this morning for departments to pick up masks, DukeCards, and wellness bags for their graduate students.