Duke TIP

Recognition Ceremonies

Special award ceremonies are held to bring families together so they can celebrate the outstanding achievement of 7th Grade Talent Search participants. Students qualify for recognition ceremonies based on ACT and SAT scores. Qualifying students receive invitations in April. Students who test after March do not attend ceremonies; their awards are mailed in August.

State Recognition Ceremonies

Each year Duke TIP hosts at least one state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest Talent Search enrollments (currently AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, SC, TN and TX) to honor students currently in the 7th Grade Talent Search who meet the state level qualifying score criteria. Some states have more than one ceremony. The ceremony is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal. Invitations are mailed to qualifying students in April.

State Qualifying Levels

Students invited to a state ceremony meet at least one of the following criteria:

ACT

Qualifying levels for the ACT are still under review and will be posted as they become available. Please check back later this year for more information on the ACT scores needed to qualify a student to attend a TIP 2017 state ceremony.

Redesigned SAT (administered beginning March 2016 to present)

Qualifying levels for the redesigned SAT will be posted as they become available. Please check back later this year for more information on the SAT scores needed to qualify a student to attend a TIP 2017 state ceremony.

Grand Recognition Ceremony

Each year Duke TIP hosts a grand ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus to honor the 7th Grade Talent Search participants who meet the grand level qualifying score criteria. The ceremony itself is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal. Invitations are mailed to qualifying students in April.

Grand Qualifying Levels

Students will be invited to TIP's Grand Recognition Ceremony based on whether they achieve certain scores on either the ACT or SAT. Please check back later this year for more information on the scores needed to qualify for the 2017 Grand Recognition Ceremony.