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

 Download the day's agenda (PDF).

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
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. TIP Information Tables
Rubenstein Lobby, Cameron Indoor Stadium
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.

What Does the Research say?

9:15–10:15 a.m.

In a series of brief lightning talks, the Duke TIP Research and Evaluation team will highlight relevant research findings on gifted and talented students. Topics will include: professional and personal adulthood outcomes, academic options in high school, the importance of opportunity, role models, and more!

Preparing for the College Admissions Process

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, will share what parents and students can do to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the college selection process.

TIP Information Tables

Meet one-on-one with Admissions, Educational Programs, Educational Innovation & Online Learning, and Alumni Relations teams. Learn more about the many Duke TIP opportunities and resources available to students and families. This will include information about face-to-face and online learning, which will include summer experiences, distance learning, and academic year programming.

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. 

Occasion and welcome

Shawna Young
Executive Director
Duke University Talent Identification Program 

Keynote address

Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Duke University

Distinguished Alumni Awards 

Recognition of Talent Search participants and Presentation of awards

Brian Cooper
Director of Educational Innovation and Outreach
Duke University Talent Identification Program 

Presentation of merit scholarships

Closing announcements

Reception immediately following the ceremony

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 will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 4 p.m in the Hall of Honor on the second floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The store accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.

Parking, transportation, and directions

  • Download a campus map (PDF) for the day that includes information on parking, events, and where to eat on campus.
  • Duke University is in the middle of expansion, and you should expect some roads to be closed due to construction. We apologize for the inconvenience. There are two hotels within walking distance of the ceremony: the Washington Duke Inn and the JB Duke Hotel. Other hotels are listed below.
  • All vehicles should avoid accessing Science Drive via Towerview and Duke University Road due to the construction closures.  
  • Ceremony parking is available at the Science Drive Parking Garage, which will be open from 8:15 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 websiteYou can also download a campus map (PDF), although one will be provided to you when you register onsite the day of the ceremony.
  • 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