DURHAM, N.C. – In advance of commencement weekend, Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) prepares to recognize 57 undergraduates at a diploma ceremony that will take place at Duke’s Wilson Recreation Center on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 9 a.m.

The graduates’ concentrations span earth and ocean sciences, environmental sciences and policy, along with marine science and conservation. Twenty-five students will graduate with distinction for successfully completing a thesis based on independent research.

Nicholas School of the Environment faculty will award graduates the following departmental awards: the Sara Laboskey Award to recognize personal integrity and academic excellence; the Thomas V. Laska Memorial Award to recognize outstanding achievement in the earth and climate sciences; the Marine Science and Conservation Award to recognize excellence in scholarship, research and citizenship; and the Maggie Schneider Award in Marine Biology to recognize a student who demonstrates love of learning and service in marine conservation biology. The school’s Stanback Dean Lori Bennear will award one student the Forever Duke Award for being a strong advocate for the Duke community who embodies the university’s guiding principle of “knowledge in the service to society”. She will also announce the Karen Kirchof Staff Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students, which goes to an NSOE staff member nominated by students.

The recognition ceremony will be livestreamed and recorded for friends and family members who cannot attend in person.

Learn more about all of the Nicholas School’s ceremonies and receptions, visit the school’s graduation page.