50th Commemoration Weekend

50th Commemoration

October 4-6, 2013

See the schedule of events and register below.

Questions? Call the 50th Commemoration helpline at 919-684-3276 or email Lisa Dilts at lisa.dilts@daa.duke.edu.


See the Schedule of Events  |  General Information

PRE-REGISTRATION (required for most events) will close at midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Refer to the CHECK-IN information (below) re: where registrants can pick up their nametag and events pass after arriving on campus. Those who have not preregistered may still be able to attend some of the larger events (listed at the bottom of this page under OPEN EVENTS).

DAYTIME PARKING will be available at the Bryan Center Parking Deck for $5 per day [Note: if the Bryan Center Parking Deck becomes full, parking attendants on site will direct traffic to Gross Chemistry lot and/or Circuit Drive lot]

TAXI SERVICE: for those who won’t be driving to campus, the following companies offer reliable, reasonably-priced taxi service:

  • Charlene’s Safe Rides (919-309-7233)—highly recommended
  • Durham’s Best Cab Company (919-680-3330)

CHECK-IN: upon your arrival to campus, proceed to the 50th Commemoration check-in desk located in the upper level of the Bryan Center (just inside the main doors to the Bryan Center) to pick up your name badge, events pass, campus map, and other helpful information. Check-in will be open during the following times:

  • On FRIDAY (Oct. 4): 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • On SATURDAY (Oct. 5): 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you are unable to pick up your materials during the hours listed above, please note that name tags will be available for pick-up at on Saturday evening at Page Auditorium from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

CAMPUS MAP: click here for a map that highlights locations of the various events taking place throughout the weekend.

Parking for the culminating program in Page Auditorium (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.) will be available at the Bryan Center Parking Deck, with overflow parking available at the Duke University Road parking lot, located across the street from Forlines (Alumni) House. After the program in Page Auditorium, free shuttle service will be provided to take guests from the West Campus bus stop to Washington Duke Inn, and then from Washington Duke Inn back to Bryan Center Parking Deck and the Duke University Road parking lot until 10:30 p.m.

OPEN EVENTS (events that don’t require preregistration):

Friday, October 4

  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m., Duke Chapel
    Our New Day Begun: The Faith of Duke's First Black Voices
    This moderated panel discussion, hosted by the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel, will explore the role of religious faith for the black trailblazers who helped integrate Duke University over the last 50 years.
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Duke Chapel
    Founders’ Day Convocation Ceremony, followed by reception on Chapel Quad Convocation Speaker: North Carolina Senator and trustee emeritus Daniel T. Blue Jr., JD'73

Saturday, October 5

  • 1:15 – 3:30 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center
    Duke Celebrates Durham: Where Great Things Happened in 1963
    Come for a panel discussion and lively town hall meeting. Admission is free for students, $5 for all others. Doors open at noon for viewing of exhibits. Free shuttle buses will leave West Campus bus stop every ten minutes between noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Page Auditorium
    50th Commemoration of Black Students at Duke: Culminating Program in Page Auditorium
    Join Duke alumni, members of the current Duke community, and friends of Duke from the city of Durham for a spectacular multi-media program honoring Duke’s African American legacy and future.

Sunday, October 6

  • 10:55 a.m. – noon, Duke Chapel
    Service of Worship with sermon by Dean Luke Powery