To the Duke Community,

I hope you were able to find time for rest and renewal during the holiday break. I would also like to share my deep gratitude for those of you who worked over the holidays, caring for our patients, maintaining essential operations, and advancing our mission in other ways. 

As you return to campus, you’ll notice new banners and signage marking the beginning of an exciting milestone in Duke University’s history – the 100th anniversary of the transformation of Trinity College into Duke University.

I hope you will join me in launching our Centennial on Tuesday, January 9, at the Centennial Celebration Kickoff and Winter Chill reception. 

Our Centennial is ultimately a celebration of people: those who have made Duke University’s first 100 years possible, and the people—including you—who will shape our next 100 years.

It will feature more than a year of events and opportunities to deepen the understanding of our history and learn from our past, to honor the people who have made Duke’s extraordinary achievements possible, and to look toward the great potential of our future. 

As we begin both the new semester and our Centennial celebration, I thank you for being part of our extraordinary Duke community, I wish you all the best for the semester ahead, and I look forward to partnering with you to create this great university’s future.