Grand Recognition Ceremony

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. They can also expect to receive a commemorative medal in the mail later this summer.

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. 


Cameron Indoor Stadium
Duke University
Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING OF 2021

Duke TIP's Grand Recognition Ceremony celebrates those students in the 7th Grade Talent Search who achieve the very highest scores on the ACT or SAT. The day begins with informational presentations by Duke TIP alumni, gifted education professionals, and Duke University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and it culminates with the awards ceremony itself. Qualifying students will receive additional details about the 2020 Grand Recognition Ceremony soon.  

Hotel information

Millennium Hotel (special rate)

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

Please use this link to book a room in the block reserved for Duke TIP by May 1 to receive the reduced booking rate. 

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

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.