Ceremony Timing and Logistics

We have made the difficult decision to postpone all Duke TIP recognition ceremonies originally scheduled for the spring of 2020. 

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop, minimizing health risks takes top priority, and medical officials far and wide recommend eliminating large gatherings as an important step in that direction.

Trust us when we say that celebrating our students' amazing academic achievements remains near the top of our priority list as well! Qualifying students will receive invitations to ceremonies next spring, in 2021. Since we are postponing this year's ceremonies, students who test or re-test in April, May, or June of 2020 and who qualify to attend a ceremony will also receive an invitation in spring of 2021. 

Ceremonies are held in May and early June. Students interested in attending a ceremony are encouraged to test by February. Those who achieve qualifying scores by the end of March will still receive a ceremony invitation, but they may have fewer ceremony locations to choose from. Unfortunately, we don't receive scores from tests taken after March in time to invite those students to ceremonies.


We send invitations and RSVP information by email and traditional mail to qualifying students beginning the first week of April.

Tickets and guests

Tickets are not required for the ceremony, but the size of some ceremony venues does limit how many guests each attendee can bring. We ask all families to be respectful of staying within the allotted guest count to ensure that every family attending is able to watch their students receive their awards.


Please dress comfortably for the weather and activities. You will be walking across a stage area to receive your award. There is always a wide range of clothing styles from dressy to casual, and we respect your family's decision about appropriate attire.


The ceremony generally lasts from one to one-and-a-half hours. The hosting institution may plan optional activities before and/or after the ceremony itself. 

Ceremonies on school days

Unfortunately, our ceremonies often take place on school days. That’s because our host universities typically only have space available on weekdays, and because we also can’t hold the ceremonies in the summer without creating conflicts with our summer programs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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