Duke President Vincent E. Price giving a speech

Speeches & Writings

Funeral Service for Dr. Phail Wynn Jr. Remarks

As President of Duke University, I am frequently called upon to open services in this beautiful and historic space. Today I do so with great sadness, as we gather to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr.. Let me begin by offering the condolences of the entire Duke community to Phail’s...

Sanford on the Hill Welcome Remarks

Good evening! As President of Duke University, I am delighted to welcome you to the United States Capitol for the annual Sanford on the Hill celebration. I understand from Congressman Price that this event long predates my time at Duke – and perhaps even his time in Congress. I am honored to help carry...

2018 Baccalaureate Address

Good morning/afternoon! Welcome back to this beautiful chapel, where you officially began your career as Dukies at Convocation just a few short years ago. It’s fitting, then, that you should return for the beginning of Commencement weekend, which is the formal celebration of your academic careers at Duke. This is the moment you’ve been...

Reunions Annual Address to Alumni

Good morning! I want to begin by saying thank you to all of the reunion volunteers who are with us for your leadership over the past year. This morning’s class gifts and this weekend’s celebrations are a testament to your tireless efforts on behalf of our university. We are so very grateful for your...

Remarks to the Samuel Dubois Cook Society Dinner

Thank you for the kind introduction. I am honored to be here to celebrate Dr. Cook’s life and career. I want to begin by recognizing his family members who are with us tonight, including his wife Sylvia. We are delighted to welcome you back to Duke University.

Duke MLK Commemoration Remarks

As President of Duke University, it is my honor to welcome you to this historic chapel for a celebration of the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We gather today as well to celebrate of the trailblazing legacy of Dr. Samuel Dubois Cook, Duke’s first African American professor, who passed away this...