Grand Recognition Ceremony

2019 information

Grand Recognition Ceremony
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Duke University
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

Schedule of activities

Event and Location
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Information table
Science Drive Parking Deck and Page Auditorium
Visit before or after information sessions
9:15–11:30 a.m. Information sessions
Page Auditorium
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
Bryan Center or Brodhead Center
1:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Following ceremony Reception
Cameron Indoor Stadium and K-Ville Plaza

Information sessions

Information sessions take place at Page Auditorium on Duke University's West Campus, within walking distance of the ceremony site and recommended parking lot. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive early, as seating is limited. The sessions will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will end no later than 11:30 a.m. All sessions will be recorded and sent to attendees over the summer for those who are not able to attend. Additional details on the information sessions will be provided in May.

Ceremony program

The ceremony will take place at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Duke University's West Campus. The ceremony will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. and is usually over between 3 and 3:30 p.m.

Ceremony tips

  • View the Timing and Logistics page for information about dress code, tickets, and more.
  • Free parking is available at the Science Drive Parking Garage. Please allow fifteen to twenty minutes to walk from the garage to Cameron Indoor Stadium or Page Auditorium. The recommended eating venues (Bryan Center or Brodhead Center/West Union) are also within walking distance of the garage, information sessions, and ceremony site.
  • There is assigned seating for the students being honored on the main floor. Guests will sit in the upper balcony. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive early for the best seating selection. However, keep in mind that this is the same venue where the Duke University Blue Devils play their basketball games, so sight lines are good, and you should be able to enjoy the ceremony wherever you sit.
  • The ceremony generally lasts approximately two hours. We try to finish by between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
  • There is an on-site punch-and-cookies reception immediately following the ceremony. It will be held in the Hall of Honor in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Special needs

  • We are able to seat family attendees in wheelchairs or with other special needs on the main floor. However, we are unable to provide any special equipment, and there will be no parking shuttle service available.
  • Limited handicap parking is available at the Card and Student Health Lots next to Cameron Indoor Stadium. However, you will need to make a parking reservation in advance by emailing The Card and Student Health Parking Lots are located off Towerview Drive. Access from Duke University Road will be closed due to construction, so all traffic should enter campus through Science Drive.  
  • If you do not need handicapped parking, please see the regular parking information below.

Duke TIP Store

Duke TIP will have a special store set up at Cameron Indoor Stadium. We will be selling Grand Recognition Ceremony, Duke TIP, and alumni T-shirts, as well as a variety of TIP-branded accessories for all budgets. All proceeds from the store will go to financial aid for TIP students. The store accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.

Parking, transportation, and directions

  • Ceremony parking is available at the Science Drive Parking Garage, which will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with a parking attendant on duty to provide ceremony attendees with a parking code for entering and exiting.
  • Allow at least fifteen minutes to walk to Cameron Indoor Stadium or Page Auditorium from the parking garage. Watch for the Duke TIP signs that will be placed on the driving and walking routes to assist you. Staff members will also be walking the route to provide assistance; you will be able to recognize them by their nametags.
  • If you are using a GPS, here are some useful addresses:
    • Cameron Indoor Stadium: 115 Whitford Drive, Durham, NC 27705 (ceremony site)
    • Science Drive Parking Garage: 3100 Cameron Boulevard, Durham, NC 27705 (parking garage site)
  • You can find an interactive Duke campus map and other information on the Duke University website.
  • The Duke University campus is approximately sixteen miles from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is usually a twenty-five-minute drive under normal traffic conditions. However, if you plan to fly out around rush hour, please budget extra time, as I-40 can get very congested between 4 and 6:30 p.m.!

Hotel information

Millennium Hotel (Special GRC rate)

2800 Campus Walk Ave., Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-8575 or (919) 382-4416 

Rooms at the group rate are available Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Use this link to make your hotel reservations, or call (800) 633-5379 and ask for the Duke TIP group rate. The reduced rate is $109 plus tax. Please make your reservation by April 19.

Additional hotels

On campus

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

3001 Cameron Boulevard
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 490-0999

JB Duke Hotel

230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-6400

Off campus

Hilton Garden Inn—Durham/University Medical Center

2102 W. Main St.
Durham, NC  27705
(919) 286-0774