Graduation with Distinction

A student who is qualified to graduate with distinction may apply to the DUS. (See Duke University Bulletin.) Accepted candidates then complete a substantial project, suitably documented, or a distinguished paper, which the student defends in an oral examination before a committee of three faculty members.


Written Document to Accompany Presentation

The Document

Graduation with distinction requires a written document to accompany the presentation that is required by Duke.

Theses from Previous Semesters

The theses linked below are provided as examples of the style, organization, and content of a report submitted as part of the requirements for graduation with distinction. Other than the guidelines above, your faculty committee will determine the exact requirements of your document. Other reports may differ substantially from the ones below.

Research Posters

See Guidelines for Research Posters from the Undergraduate Research Support Office.


To apply, please complete the graduation with distinction form.