Recognizing service to Duke and to society

Duke Alumni Association oversees these prestigious award programs for Duke:

Distinguished Alumni Award

In 1983 the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors established this award as our highest honor. The alumni who receive this honor have distinguished themselves by the contributions they have made in their particular fields or professions, in service to Duke University and to the betterment of humanity. All living graduates, other than active members of the Duke Board of Trustees and current Duke employees working in the Alumni Affairs and Development departments, are eligible for consideration.

Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

The Charles A. Dukes Award was instituted in 1982 and was named after the first director of the Duke Alumni Association, who built his reputation on volunteer leadership. Since then, the Duke Alumni Association has presented the award to nearly 300 long-standing volunteers who have served with distinction in leadership roles, and like Dukes, have devoted themselves to extraordinary long-term efforts that help Duke further its mission.

Beyond Duke Award

Beyond Duke Service and Leadership Award

Established in 2013 by the Duke Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Beyond Duke Service and Leadership awards recognize alumni who have made extraordinary contributions of service to their communities and to society at large. Three awards are given annually — one in each of the following categories: Young Alumni, Local Community and Global Community.


Forever Duke Award

The Forever Duke Award was established in 2009 to recognize alumni for excellent recent volunteer service in support of the Duke Alumni Association’s mission of engaging, connecting and celebrating alumni. Such volunteerism could include inspiring service to Duke, to the Duke Alumni Association and to additional alumni groups in diverse roles such as leading a Duke Alums Engage event, serving on a campus board or committee and coordinating a regional network or class reunion.

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

For more than three decades, Duke Alumni Association has enabled students to honor professors for outstanding teaching with this citation and monetary award.