Pomp and Circumstance Begins for Graduate and Professional Programs

Ceremonies for Pratt, Nicholas and Sanford

The weeks of Duke graduations continued with ceremonies for graduate and professional students in the Pratt School of Engineering, the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Nicholas School of the Environment

One of the highlights of the Nicholas School ceremony was the presentation by the student speaker Zukhruf Amjad, who earned her masters in environmental management degree. Amjad was a member of the Energy Club and co-chaired the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition. As a 2020 Climate Corps Fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund, Zukhruf consulted with the City of Trenton, N.J., on their sustainability and energy management strategy; she was also part of a research project focused on equitable distribution of energy access in Myanmar. She has represented the Nicholas School both nationally and internationally and aims to contribute to the energy transition in Pakistan and other developing countries after graduation.

Nicholas School student Zukhruf Amjad addresses her peers at the school ceremony.

The Nicholas School student made the best use of the Cameron Indoor Stadium facility to celebrate graduation.

Read more about the Nicholas School ceremony on the school website.

Sanford School of Public Policy

The Sanford School celebrated more than 100 professional/graduate students receiving master’s and doctorate degrees on May 5 at 9 a.m. at Cameron. President Vincent Price delivered a message to all Sanford graduates, who participated in person at Cameron and online around the world via livestream.

Sanford students sit socially distanced in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Sanford School graduates pose with cutout of the school's namesake, former N.C. governor and U.S. senator Terry Sanford.

Learn more about Sanford’s graduates: https://sanford.duke.edu/graduation2021

Pratt School of Engineering

More than 200 engineering students celebrated graduation in a May 3 ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

Pratt School students take seat in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the ceremony.

The Graduate School, Divinity School and the nursing and medical schools will hold events this weekend, followed by the Fuqua School of Business, which is spreading the ceremonies for its different programs across the month of May. A full calendar of events can be found on Duke Today.

To see stories about graduate and professional members of the Class of 2021, visit this Duke Today series.