Parents & Families

Family Weekend Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for Family Weekend 2019. This page will continue to be updated throughout the fall. Guests will also be provided with a brochure of events upon arrival to Family Weekend.

Consult the schedule below and then register for Family Weekend. NOTE: To edit registration orders for Family Weekend 2019 (including adding more events), guests will need to email conferenceservices@duke.edu.

* Asterisks (*) indicate events that require a ticket. All tickets can be purchased through the Family Weekend online registration form.

View the full Family Weekend brochure or search by date below.

5:00pm– 7:00pm

Check-In, Registration, and Hospitality

Families who registered online can pick up their tickets and Family Weekend brochure. Those who did not register online may do so here. Pick-up and registration will also be offered Friday, October 25 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday, October 26 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Complimentary beverages will be available. 

Schaefer Mall (top floor), Bryan Center, West Campus

7:00pm

Women’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame

Tickets are available for family members through goduke.com or on site. Duke students are free with ID.

Koskinen Stadium, West Campus

8:00pm

*Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents Cabaret

Duke’s Hoof ’n’ Horn musical theater group presents Cabaret. Set in a Berlin nightclub as the 1920’s draw to a close, Cabaretexplores the dark and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. While the Master of Ceremonies assures the audience that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret, Cliff, a young American writer, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered Jewish fruit seller. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

The von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Central Campus

9:00am– 5:00pm

Check-In, Registration, and Hospitality

Families who registered online can pick up their tickets and Family Weekend brochure. Those who did not register online may do so here. Pick-up and registration will also be offered Saturday, October 26 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Complimentary beverages will be available. 

Schaefer Mall (top floor), Bryan Center, West Campus

10:00am– 5:00pm

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now

This is the first exhibition to chart the development of contemporary Indigenous art in the United States and Canada. Native Voices presents approximately 60 works of art in a wide variety of media by Native American artists from many nations and regions and reassess the place of Indigenous art within the art historical cannon. Exhibition is free to Duke students with ID and Family Weekend visitors.

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Central Campus

10:00am– 5:00pm

Nasher Exhibit: Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations

This exhibition highlights works from the Nasher Museum collection that engage visual and musical rhythm. The majority of the works come from the museum’s contemporary collection, but also include other artistic genres, time periods, and modes of production, such as the traditional African and ancient American collections. Exhibition is free to Duke students with ID and Family Weekend visitors.

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Central Campus

10:00am– 3:00pm

 

Duke Gardens Family Strolls in the Heart of Duke Campus

Stroll through Duke Gardens at your own pace to experience the beautiful autumn season of fragrant tea olives, spectacular display mums, and brilliant fall foliage. Duke Gardens’ docents will greet families along the way from 10:00am to 3:00pm on all three days of Family Weekend. Come chat with them for logistical advice, maps, stories and fun facts that will enhance your visit.

Duke Gardens, Central Campus

10:00am– 12:00pm

Duke Gardens Portrait Sessions

Capture the fun of Family Weekend in one of the most Instagram-worthy spots on campus.  Duke Gardens invites students and families to pose for a portrait with a Duke Gardens photographer at the Welch Woodland Garden Overlook and Stream. Free drop-in event from 10:00am to noon all three days. No advance registration required. Digital files will be emailed to participants in the following week. Photos will not be shared publicly without your permission.

Duke Gardens (behind Doris Duke Center), Central Campus

10:00am– 4:00pm

‘The Mary Lou’ is Open

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture is excited to extend a special invitation to parents and family, all of whom are welcomed to stop by the center where Black culture blossoms ...to see and say hello to students, staff and fellow parents & families, to ask and answer questions about Black life at Duke and beyond and to sip and sample some sweet treats!

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Building, West Campus

10:15am– 11:00am

Family Welcome Address

Join leadership from the Division of Student Affairs, including our new Vice Provost/Vice President Mary Pat McMahon, as they officially kick off Family Weekend 2019!

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

11:00am– 12:00pm

Introduction to Wellness

This session, led by DuWell staff, allows for parents and families to examine their own well-being that can help facilitate and encourage dialogue with their students about the importance of practicing self-care while at Duke.

Room 148/149, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

11:00am- 12:30pm

Global Education Office – Information Table

Swing by to talk with professional staff from the Global Education Office about your specific study abroad/study away questions.

Penn Lobby, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

11:15am– 12:15pm

University Libraries Tour

Over the past decade, the Libraries have undergone a transformation that preserves the best of Duke tradition while introducing new spaces, services, and resources for our community. This general tour will cover our most beloved spaces, including the Edge, the Link, our main exhibition areas, and the crowing jewel of Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Reading Room. Join us to tour one of the most popular destinations on campus!

Departing from Sperling Lobby (1st Floor), Rubenstein Library, West Campus

11:15am– 12:15pm

Global Education Opportunities

In this session, student panelists and professional staff from the Global Education Office will share advice on planning an international study abroad or U.S.-based study away experience that will earn credit toward the Duke degree. Session topics include: choosing a program, transferring course credits, covering costs, and using your financial aid. There will also be an information table staffed by Global Education Office professionals who can answer your study abroad/study away questions in the lobby of Penn Pavilion from 11:00am-12:30pm on Friday.

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

11:30am– 2:00pm

Fuqua School of Business – Information Table

Drop by to learn more about Fuqua’s one-year Master’s programs in management and business analytics.  Admissions officers will be available to answer questions about the Master of Management Studies (MMS) and Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics (MQM) programs and the admissions process.  Duke students are eligible for preferred admissions consideration, including waived GMAT/GRE scores, guaranteed scholarship, and waived application fee.  To learn more, visit https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/duke-fuqua.

Penn Lobby, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

12:00pm- 2:00pm

CMA Open House

The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) is happy to welcome students and parents to an open house to view the newly dedicated spaces for two student cultural organizations. While we are happy to provide a complete tour of the Center, we are particularly pleased to have you visit CMA: Wekit which has been dedicated to the Native community and the Garden Room which has been dedicated to CRR (student org dedicated to changing race relations at Duke) and DukeSWIRL (students with interracial legacies). Please feel free to drop by between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Additional questions? Please email elmer.orellana@duke.edu.

Center for Multicultural Affairs, 0010 Bryan Center, West Campus

12:30pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

12:45pm- 5:00pm

DukeEngage – Information Table

Swing by to talk with professional staff from DukeEngage about your specific questions.

Penn Lobby, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

1:00pm– 1:30pm

Family Weekend Jum'ah

Jum'ah is a weekly communal religious service for Muslims which features a sermon and a congregational prayer. All are welcome to join Muslim students, staff, and faculty who attend this weekly event at Duke. Jum'ah services are organized by the Center for Muslim Life at Duke. Chairs are available in the back of the room for guests to quietly listen and observe prayers. Stay after until 2pm for pizza and socializing among attendees.

Room 148/149, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

1:00pm– 2:00pm

Student Wellness and Resiliency

Student Wellness is a priority at Duke. Dean of Students, Sue Wasiolek, will provide an overview about the Division’s wellness priorities, approach to integrating wellness into the student experience, and role in guiding students to greater personal success and happiness through resiliency. This session will also consider how families can support their student’s wellness throughout their Duke experience. 

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

1:00pm– 2:00pm

Fraternity & Sorority Life Information Session

Is your student interested in fraternity or sorority life at Duke? Were you involved in Greek life as a student and are you interested in learning more about current Greek trends? If so, come meet with Student Leadership staff and student leaders for a presentation on our Greek Community.

Penn 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

2:00pm– 3:30pm

Innovation & Entrepreneurship is for Everyone!

During our session, you will identify the creative capacity inside you, learn how to be an innovator, and develop an entrepreneurial spirit to make a positive impact on society. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is for all students and complementary to any major. We help students identify solutions to complex problems so they are able to have a positive impact on society. Wherever your passion lies, we can help you be innovative and entrepreneurial in that space. 2:00pm - Mock Class; 3:00pm - Open House. Take Shuttle Service to our offices at The Bullpen! Duke Downtown shuttle - Parking:  Guests may use the paid Durham ID Parking Deck located directly across the Imperial Building at 325 Roney Street, Durham, NC, 27701.

Duke I&E Bullpen, 215 Morris Street, Suite 300

2:00pm– 4:00pm

Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows Open House

The Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows (OUSF) welcomes merit scholarship recipients and their families to an open house, where they will have a chance to meet with program staff, current scholars, and program alumni. Light refreshments will be served.

Bay 8N – 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse (off East Campus)

2:00pm– 3:00pm

Student for a Day Lecture – "Survival of the Friendliest: What Animals Tell Us About Being Human"

The only way to understand what it is to be human is to know what it is like to be not human. Brian Hare, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, will share research comparing our mind to that of the bonobo and chimpanzee as well as more distant relatives like the dog. Revealing the secrets of these species’ inner lives helps us understand exactly what it is about our species that is truly unique. It also helps us understand how the human mind came to be. To find the answers Hare will take you on a journey ranging from the dense tropical forests of the Congo Basin to the steppes of Siberia. When we finally arrive, we all will confront the same question: are humans really as different as we think? As a special treat, you will meet (not too up close and personal) some of the current students in Duke’s Puppy Kindergarten.

Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

2:00pm– 3:00pm

Coming to the Table: Nutrition and College Dining

Student Health Nutrition Services welcomes all for this discussion of nutrition services available to students, their mission, and their approach to care.  Student Health Nutrition Services will also address any concerns or questions around how food allergies are handled in the dining venues as well as overall navigation of the dining facilities with a focus on healthful choices.

Room 144, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

2:00pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

2:00pm– 3:30pm

GUAC & TALKS: Family Weekend Edition

Students and families are welcome to stop by for a buffet of guac, chips and salsa and meet awesome creative professionals including alumni and parents back for Duke's Family Weekend!  Hear about their careers, share advice, get student job/internship leads, and ask questions about navigating your creative interests. See you there! Sponsored by Duke Entertainment, Media & Arts Network (DEMAN) -- DukeDEMAN.com.Questions? DEMAN@duke.edu 

The Devil’s Krafthouse, Brodhead Center, West Campus
2:30pm- 3:30pm

DukeEngage: The Inside Story from Students and Staff

DukeEngage provides full funding for select Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive summer of service in partnership with a U.S. or international community. Group and individual project options allow students to volunteer in a wide variety of service placements to complement their academic paths at Duke. The program’s service themes include public health, engineering, education, human rights, youth services, and many more. Make time for this popular info session to hear the inside story from our experienced staff and a panel of students, who have been through the program from application to accomplishment. Bring your questions for a Q&A at the end of the session.

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

3:00pm– 8:00pm

Climbing Wall at Wilson Recreation Center

Join Duke Recreation & Physical Education as they open the Wilson Recreation Center Rock Climbing Wall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday special hours on Family Weekend. The Indoor Climbing Wall will be open to parents and families, ages 6 and up, as well as current Rec & PE Members for afternoon climbing. No experience is required and all necessary equipment will be available for check-out, though please bring socks to check-out climbing shoes. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time!

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus

3:00pm– 4:00pm

Talking about the Hard Stuff

Raising children does not stop at 18. In fact, adolescent and young adults want older adults to talk to them in a real way about sexual decision-making, choices around alcohol, and more. This workshop is designed to inform you of the messages Duke teaches students about these important topics and how DuWell can partner with parents to strengthen efforts.

Room 148/149, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

3:00pm– 4:00pm

Leveraging the Forever Duke Network: How to Connect with Alumni

All Duke students and their families are invited to join staff from the Alumni Association to learn how students can connect with the Duke alumni family through campus programming and networking opportunities. This session will feature an introduction to the Alumni Network – an online directory through which students can search and contact Duke's 175,000+ alumni worldwide. The session is open to all and students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) and family members. 

Penn 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

3:15pm– 4:15pm

Student for a Day Lecture – "Why did my dog's head fall off? Teaching Computing with Visualization, Animation, and Interaction"

Featuring Susan H. Rodger, Professor of the Practice of Computer Science

Computing is integrated into our daily lives, from the phone we are tethered to 24/7, to our automobiles and home environments. Yet computer science, a field that focuses on problem solving and interacts with many disciplines, is slow to integrate into K-12 schools. Problem solving involves programming. Programming used to be incredibly tedious. Back in the day programming was done with punch cards, and not all that long ago introductory programming assignments were textual based, writing programs such as a simple calculator program or a program to balance your checkbook. As computer science has evolved, we have come a long way in teaching programming to beginners. There are now tools for dragging and dropping code, limiting code to be placed only in appropriate places. In this talk I will sketch how we have transformed the teaching of computer science at Duke to teach computing concepts through visualizations, animations, and interactions.  And I will describe our efforts to integrate computing into K-12 schools.

Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

3:30pm– 4:30pm 

Thompson Writing Program: Deliberations Colloquium

Deliberations: Journal of First-Year Writing is dedicated to publishing academic writing produced in Duke’s first-year writing courses and making it available to a wider audience. Please join us to meet the authors and learn more about student research and publishing at Duke.

Penn Garden, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

3:30pm– 4:30pm 

Intentional Professional Development

Meet the Executive Director of the Career Center and learn how the Career Center team works with Duke students beginning immediately in the first year and throughout their time at Duke. The discussion will focus on students developing their academic and career plans, acquiring the competencies necessary to thrive within the academy and beyond, and identifying immediate goals and strategic aspirations. This session will also consider the important role family and support systems can play in assisting students with intentional professional development.

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

3:30pm– 4:30 pm

Focus Program Parent Reception

Please join the Focus Program Directors for a reception complete with time for questions and answers. Focus directors will present briefly on their programs and attendees will have the opportunity to engage directly with them. Refreshments and light dinner will be served. 

York Room, Duke Divinity, West Campus

4:00pm– 5:00pm

Library Research and Writing Awards Reception

Every year the Duke University Libraries run a series of essay contests recognizing the original research of Duke students and encouraging the use of library resources. Join us as we celebrate our winners and their achievements at a special awards reception coinciding with Duke Family Weekend. All are invited to join us for refreshments and the opportunity to honor the recipients.

Room 349 (Breedlove), Rubenstein Library, West Campus

5:00pm– 5:30pm

President’s Welcome

Join President Price as he welcomes Duke families back to campus and takes your questions. 

Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

5:30pm

*Shabbat Services and Dinner – Jewish Life at Duke

Join us for a singing and snacks (5:30pm), followed by Shabbat services (6:00pm), and kosher Shabbat dinner (7:00pm). The event is FREE for students and $18 for non-students. The event is hosted by Jewish Life at Duke. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Campus Drive at the Intersection of Swift Avenue, Central Campus

6:00pm

Duke Volleyball vs. Virginia Tech

Tickets are not necessary for this event. 

Cameron Indoor Stadium, West Campus

6:30pm– 9:30pm 

Campus Movie Night: Escape Room

The Duke Police presents a movie night on the lawn. Families and students are invited to join for games, food, and a free showing of Escape Room (2019). 

Abele Quad, West Campus

7:00pm

Diwali Celebration

Join members of the Duke Religious Life community to celebrate the festival of lights. This event is hosted by Hindu Life at Duke.

Duke Chapel, West Campus

7:00pm

*The Pitchforks: Fall Classic

Founded in 1979, the Pitchforks are the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. They perform on campus and across the country throughout the year, appearing in venues ranging from dorm common rooms to professional sports arenas. They have sung the national anthem at Chicago Bulls and Duke Basketball games, showcased themselves before the Queen of Jordan, and even opened for Ben Folds in 2009 and The Band Perry in 2015. They have a rich history of recording and have twice won the CARA Award for Best Male Collegiate A Cappella Album. Their annual Fall Classic show has been a staple of Family Weekend for a long time, and this year’s shows will occur on both Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26! Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Page Auditorium, West Campus

7:00pm

Toy Story 4

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be Toy Story 4 (2019).

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

8:00pm

*Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents Cabaret

Duke’s Hoof ’n’ Horn musical theater group presents Cabaret. Set in a Berlin nightclub as the 1920’s draw to a close, Cabaret explores the dark and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. While the Master of Ceremonies assures the audience that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret, Cliff, a young American writer, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered Jewish fruit seller. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

The von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Central Campus

8:00pm

*Music Department Concert: Duke Jazz Ensemble & Duke Djembe & Afro-Cuban Ensembles with guest artist Ernie Watts, saxophone

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts, a recipient of the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize, has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa. The Duke Jazz Ensemble is directed by John Brown, and the Duke Djembe & Afro-Cuban Ensembles are directed by Bradley Simmons. General admission tickets are $10. Students receive two free tickets with ID. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus

9:30pm

*DUI’s Family Weekend Show

Duke University Improv (DUI) is a 20-year-old improv group made up of 12 20-year-olds acting like they’re 12. All ticket proceeds help the group make their annual $10,000 donation to the Scott Carter Foundation for pediatric cancer research. DUI has been able to raise over $100,000, and they’ve made almost as many people laugh. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

10:00pm

Toy Story 4

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be Toy Story 4 (2019).

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

8:00am– 9:00am

Morning Yoga

Join Maria, one of the Physical Education teachers in Duke Recreation & Physical Education, for Morning Yoga at Brodie Recreation Center on Duke’s East Campus. Yoga will be hosted outside on the lawn, weather permitting. The rain site will be in Brodie Recreation Center. Yoga Mats will be provided and all levels are welcome for a meditation filled way to start your day. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to meet and set up your mat on the lawn.

Brodie Recreation Center, East Campus

8:30am– 9:30am

Pre-Health Profession Information Session for Parents and Families of First- and Second-Year Students

Join the discussion of applying to health profession schools with pre-health advisors.

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

9:00am– 1:00pm

Check-In, Registration, and Hospitality

Families who registered online can pick up their tickets and Family Weekend brochure. Those who did not register online may do so here. Complimentary beverages will be available. 

Schaefer Mall (top floor), Bryan Center, West Campus

9:00am– 10:00am

Creating a Vibrant Campus Community 

Do you wonder how community is created on Duke’s campus throughout the year? Join the conversation to learn the priorities that Zoila Airall, Associate Vice President, and other Campus Life colleagues consider to be important for students to thrive on this world-class campus and the opportunities that students share to connect, collaborate and construct a life of belonging and purpose. Our priorities include: Meaningful Inclusion; Vital Engagement; Deepened Co-curriculum and Active Citizenship.

Penn 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

10:00am– 5:00pm

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now

This is the first exhibition to chart the development of contemporary Indigenous art in the United States and Canada. Native Voices presents approximately 60 works of art in a wide variety of media by Native American artists from many nations and regions and reassess the place of Indigenous art within the art historical cannon. Exhibition is free to Duke students with ID and Family Weekend visitors.

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Central Campus

10:00am– 5:00pm

Nasher Exhibit: Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations

This exhibition highlights works from the Nasher Museum collection that engage visual and musical rhythm. The majority of the works come from the museum’s contemporary collection, but also include other artistic genres, time periods, and modes of production, such as the traditional African and ancient American collections. Exhibition is free to Duke students with ID and Family Weekend visitors.

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Central Campus

10:00am– 3:00pm

 

Duke Gardens Family Strolls in the Heart of Duke Campus

Stroll through Duke Gardens at your own pace to experience the beautiful autumn season of fragrant tea olives, spectacular display mums, and brilliant fall foliage. Duke Gardens’ docents will greet families along the way from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all three days of Family Weekend. Come chat with them for logistical advice, maps, stories and fun facts that will enhance your visit.

Duke Gardens, Central Campus

10:00am– 12:00pm

Duke Gardens Portrait Sessions

Capture the fun of Family Weekend in one of the most Instagram-worthy spots on campus. Duke Gardens invites students and families to pose for a portrait with a Duke Gardens photographer at the Welch Woodland Garden Overlook and Stream. Free drop-in event from 10 a.m. to noon all three days. No advance registration required. Digital files will be emailed to participants in the following week. Photos will not be shared publicly without your permission.

Duke Gardens (behind Doris Duke Center), Central Campus

10:00am– 11:00am

Pre-Law Profession Information Session

Come join Dean Gerald Wilson for a discussion of the pre-professional program followed by a question and answer period. 

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

10:00am– 11:00am

East to West: The Upperclass Campus Experience

All first-year students will move to the Upperclass Campus once they become sophomores. The program will focus on what parents and families should be aware of as students make that transition! Fun facts and photos will be shared - and there may even be prizes to be won!

Penn 2, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

10:00am– 11:30am

 

Focus Program Symposium 

Join the Focus Program faculty and students for a glimpse of interesting projects and topics from their seminars and clusters.  Each cluster will host a table with materials and information on their research topics. Experience what students are learning this year in Duke’s unique living/learning community. 

Brodie Gym, East Campus

10:30am– 11:30am

 

Pratt Seminar - Conversation with Pratt Faculty: Innovating the Way We Teach Engineers

Join some of our esteemed faculty as they reflect on everything from "How Machine Learning Can Accelerate Science and Excite Undergrads" and empowering women in STEM. Faculty will include John Board, David Carlson, Michael Gustafson, Sophia Santillan, and Bill Walker.  

FCIEMAS Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Building, West Campus

10:30am– 11:30am

Trinity College: Dean’s Reception for Students and Families

Trinity College undergraduates and their families are invited to meet Dean Valerie Ashby and Trinity administrative deans, department chairs, and faculty for conversation about undergraduate classes and programs. Refreshments will be available.

Ahmadieh Family Commons, Rubenstein Library, West Campus

11:00am– 12:00pm 

Academic Advising at Duke
Come learn about the Academic Advising Center’s (AAC) unique advising program and experience first-hand how we guide students toward an academic path that responds to their individual interests and goals, as well as how we help them choose wisely among the many opportunities that Duke affords undergraduates.

Penn 1, Penn Pavilion, West Campus

11:00am– 12:00pm

The Library Presents Duke Moms and Dads: Dave Barry

Join the Duke University Libraries as we hear from Pulitzer Prize winning author, humor columnist, and second-year Duke parent Dave Barry as he shares insights and anecdotes from a long career of making people laugh.

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Rubenstein Library 153), West Campus

11:00am– 1:00pm

Loving OUT Loud: Supporting my LGBTQIA+ Loved Ones

This is a panel of parents and loved ones of LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Questioning) individuals. Panelist will share personal stories of their journey in learning about and supporting their family member/s and loved ones who identify as with the LGBTQIA+ community. We will ask panelist to reflect on what they did well, what they wish they would have done differently and some of the most valuable resources they came across on their journey of supporting and advocating on behalf of their LGBTQIA+ loved ones. There will be time set aside for questions at the end and light lunch will be provided.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, 100 Bryan Center, West Campus

11:00am 

Native Voices Exhibition Tour

Led by Jessica Orzulak, a Duke PhD candidate in the Art, Art History, and Visual Studies department, this tour will explore the exhibition Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now. The tour is free with admission; no admission cost for Duke Students with ID and Family Weekend visitors.

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Central Campus

11:00am

Swimming & Diving vs. Georgia

Tickets are not necessary for this event. 

Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, West Campus

11:30am– 1:00pm

*Pratt Engineering BBQ Lunch

Join Pratt faculty, staff, students, and families for a delicious NC tradition: Bullock’s BBQ.  Lunch will be served on the Harrington Quad from 11:30am until 1:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form. 

Harrington Engineering Quad, West Campus

1:00pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

1:00pm– 4:00pm

Climbing Wall at Wilson Recreation Center

Join Duke Recreation & Physical Education as they open the Wilson Recreation Center Rock Climbing Wall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday special hours on Family Weekend. The Indoor Climbing Wall will be open to parents and families, ages 6 and up, as well as current Rec & PE Members for afternoon climbing. No experience is required and all necessary equipment will be available for check-out, though please bring socks to check-out climbing shoes. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time!

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus

3:30pm

(30 mins prior to kickoff)

Duke vs. UNC Football Viewing Party

While the Blue Devils play away, watch Duke take on UNC on the big screen. This is a free event open to the community. Join us for part or all of the game. The event is free to the community (families as well as students whose families were unable to attend Family Weekend this year).The event will start at 3:30pm with kickoff at 4:00pm. Join us for part or all of the game. The Crown Commons is located outside of the lower-level of the Brodhead Center, under the Plaza walkway. The space is partially covered; the viewing party will occur rain or shine.

Crown Commons, West Campus

1:30pm

Field Hockey vs. Louisville

Tickets are not necessary for this event. 

Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, East Campus

2:00pm

Nasher Highlights Tour

Led by museum Gallery Guide and Duke alum, Ruth Caccavale, this tour will celebrate the Nasher’s newest exhibitions and recent additions to the permanent collection. The tour will last approximately one hour. 
The tour is free with admission; no admission cost for Duke Students with ID and Family Weekend visitors.

Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Central Campus

2:30pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

4:00pm– 6:00pm

Afternoon Tea at the CML

Students and families visiting for Family Weekend are invited to stop by the Center for Muslim Life to drink tea, meet staff, and hear from a panel of current students about what it's like to be Muslim at Duke.

Center for Muslim Life, 406 Swift Avenue, Central Campus

5:00pm

*Rhythm & Blue A Cappella Family Weekend Concert

Founded in 1992, Rhythm & Blue is Duke University's oldest co-ed a cappella group. Rhythm & Blue is proud to have its own distinct style and to serve as the only group at Duke that competes in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Come enjoy an afternoon concert of their latest songs! Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Nelson Music Room, East Campus

5:00pm

*OOTB and Speak Family Weekend Show ft Amandla

Come join Duke Out of the Blue, Speak of the Devil, and Amandla for our annual Family Weekend show! We'll be featuring jams from your favorite artists, and there may even be a surprise at the end. It's an event you won't want to miss! Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Page Auditorium, West Campus

7:00pm

Men's Basketball vs. Northwest Missouri State

Students may obtain tickets starting at 6:00am on Wednesday, October 23.  Each student can receive one comp ticket, plus they each have the ability to purchase up to 2 tickets ($50 per ticket) per valid ID for guest(s). The student ticketing process is run by Duke Athletics.

Cameron Indoor Stadium, West Campus

7:00pm

*The Pitchforks: Fall Classic

Founded in 1979, the Pitchforks are the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. They perform on campus and across the country throughout the year, appearing in venues ranging from dorm common rooms to professional sports arenas. They have sung the national anthem at Chicago Bulls and Duke Basketball games, showcased themselves before the Queen of Jordan, and even opened for Ben Folds in 2009 and The Band Perry in 2015. They have a rich history of recording and have twice won the CARA Award for Best Male Collegiate A Cappella Album. Their annual Fall Classic show has been a staple of Family Weekend for a long time, and this year’s shows will occur on both Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26! Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Page Auditorium, West Campus

7:00pm

Toy Story 4

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be Toy Story 4 (2019).

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

8:00pm

*Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents Cabaret

Duke’s Hoof ’n’ Horn musical theater group presents Cabaret. Set in a Berlin nightclub as the 1920’s draw to a close, Cabaret explores the dark and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. While the Master of Ceremonies assures the audience that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret, Cliff, a young American writer, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered Jewish fruit seller. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

The von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Central Campus

8:00pm

*Music Department Concert: Duke Chorale, Duke Symphony Orchestra, Duke Wind Symphony

This Family Weekend Concert showcases three of the Department of Music’s largest ensembles: the Duke Chorale, directed by Rodney Wynkoop; the Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson; and the Duke Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. General admission tickets are $10. Students receive two free tickets with ID. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form. 

Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus

9:30pm

*DUI’s Family Weekend Show

Duke University Improv (DUI) is a 20-year-old improv group made up of 12 20-year-olds acting like they’re 12. All ticket proceeds help the group make their annual $10,000 donation to the Scott Carter Foundation for pediatric cancer research. DUI has been able to raise over $100,000, and they’ve made almost as many people laugh. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

10:00pm

Toy Story 4

Freewater Presentations and Duke University Union present a FREE film for Duke students and families. The feature film will be Toy Story 4 (2019).

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

8:30am

Duke Catholic Center Mass & Brunch

The Duke Catholic Center cordially invites all Duke families to Mass & Brunch. Mass will be followed by a complimentary brunch at 9:30am. 

Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, West Campus

10:00am– 3:00pm

 

Duke Gardens Family Strolls in the Heart of Duke Campus

Stroll through Duke Gardens at your own pace to experience the beautiful autumn season of fragrant tea olives, spectacular display mums, and brilliant fall foliage. Duke Gardens’ docents will greet families along the way from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all three days of Family Weekend. Come chat with them for logistical advice, maps, stories and fun facts that will enhance your visit.

Duke Gardens, Central Campus

10:00am– 12:00pm

Duke Gardens Portrait Sessions

Capture the fun of Family Weekend in one of the most Instagram-worthy spots on campus.  Duke Gardens invites students and families to pose for a portrait with a Duke Gardens photographer at the Welch Woodland Garden Overlook and Stream. Free drop-in event from 10 a.m. to noon all three days. No advance registration required. Digital files will be emailed to participants in the following week. Photos will not be shared publicly without your permission.

Duke Gardens (behind Doris Duke Center), Central Campus

10:00am– 12:00pm

*Bagel Brunch – Jewish Life at Duke 

Students and their families are invited to join for a delicious bagel brunch. The event is FREE for students and $10.00 for non-students. The event is hosted by Jewish Life at Duke. Please register by completing the Family Weekend online registration form.

Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Campus Drive (at the intersection of Swift Avenue), Central Campus

10:00am– 2:00pm 

*Marketplace Family Weekend Brunch

First-year students and their families are invited to a special Sunday Brunch. Students do not need tickets, but they will be expected to use a meal plan swipe for entrance. Tickets for family members are sold per hour-long seating block. Tickets can be purchased using the Family Weekend online registration form or on site for 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, or 1:00pm. 

Marketplace, East Union Building, East Campus

10:30am

Duke Catholic Center Mass & Brunch

The Duke Catholic Center cordially invites all Duke families to Mass & Brunch. Mass will be followed by a complimentary brunch at 11:30am.

Goodson Chapel, Divinity School, West Campus

11:00am– 12:00pm

 

Duke Chapel Sunday Morning Worship Service

Duke Chapel has a long—and living—tradition of faithful preaching and inspiring sacred music. You are invited to be a part of it at this ecumenical Christian worship service. Hear a sermon from Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery, singing by the Chapel Choir, and music from the Chapel’s organs.

Duke Chapel, West Campus  

12:15pm– 1:00pm

Tour of Duke Chapel

Learn about the history, architecture, and mission of Duke Chapel. The tour will begin at 12:15pm or immediately following the 11:00am service. The tour focuses on the interior of the Chapel and runs for approximately 45 minutes. To join the tour, please meet the docent near the Chapel on the front lawn. 

Duke Chapel, West Campus  

12:30pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

1:00pm

Women’s Soccer vs. Syracuse

Tickets are available for family members through goduke.com or on site. Duke students are free with ID.

Koskinen Stadium, West Campus

1:00pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

1:00pm

Lady Blue A Cappella Family Weekend Show

Lady Blue is an all-female a cappella group founded in 1991. We bear no relation to the Blue Man group, but instead are even more fun and guaranteed not to creep out any family members. Named as an ode to Billie Holiday’s song Lady Sings the Blues, our tight-knit group enjoys performing a little bit of every style of music (except perhaps the yodel), so you are bound to find something in our set to jam out to. We are the self-proclaimed “Most Fun” a cappella group on campus and would accapellove for you to join us for a fun filled matinee show in the beautiful Doris Duke Center! Admission is free, but donations are welcome; tickets are not required for entry.

Doris Duke Center, Duke Gardens, Central Campus

1:00pm– 4:00pm

Climbing Wall at Wilson Recreation Center

Join Duke Recreation & Physical Education as they open the Wilson Recreation Center Rock Climbing Wall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday special hours on Family Weekend. The Indoor Climbing Wall will be open to parents and families, ages 6 and up, as well as current Rec & PE Members for afternoon climbing. No experience is required and all necessary equipment will be available for check-out, though please bring socks to check-out climbing shoes. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Drop in for a few minutes or stay the whole time!

Wilson Recreation Center, West Campus

2:00pm

Field Hockey vs. Richmond

Tickets are not necessary for this event. 

Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, East Campus

2:00pm

*Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents Cabaret

Duke’s Hoof ’n’ Horn musical theater group presents Cabaret. Set in a Berlin nightclub as the 1920’s draw to a close, Cabaret explores the dark and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. While the Master of Ceremonies assures the audience that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret, Cliff, a young American writer, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered Jewish fruit seller. Tickets are available for purchase through the Family Weekend online registration form.

The von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Central Campus

2:00pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

2:30pm

*Lemurs Live Tour at the Duke Lemur Center

This general, introductory tour of the Duke Lemur Center is a guided tour that lasts about 75 minutes. Registrants are restricted to the specific times they reserve, and that this tour will take place outside on the Duke Lemur Center grounds on a paved pathway. Please note that for the safety of all guests and lemurs, there will not be any physical contact between guests and lemurs on this or any other tour at the Duke Lemur Center. Tickets for Family Weekend tours are $8 and are available exclusively through the Family Weekend online registration form. For information about other tour offerings, or more general information about visiting the Duke Lemur Center, please visit lemur.duke.edu/visit.

3705 Erwin Road, Duke Lemur Center

9:00pm

Duke Catholic Center Mass & “Midnight” Snack

The Duke Catholic Center cordially invites all Duke families to Mass & Reception. Mass will be followed by a complimentary light reception at 10:00pm. 

Duke Chapel, West Campus

 

Please note that the date for Countdown to Craziness is set independent from Family Weekend planning; in years past it has merely fallen on Family Weekend by coincidence. This year it does not coincide with Family Weekend.

The ticketing process for the Men's Basketball exhibition game has been announced. The Student Ticket Sale for the game on Saturday, October 26 will be available starting at 6:00am on Wednesday, October 23. Each student can receive one comp ticket, plus they each have the ability to purchase up to 2 tickets ($50 per ticket) per valid ID for guest(s). This process is run by Duke Athletics.

There are no promo codes for Family Weekend.