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Congratulations NSOE Class of 2018! 

Congratulations on reaching this stage in your academic career. You should be very proud of yourself. Additionally, we know that your family and friends are equally excited for you and look forward to sharing in your joy during Commencement Weekend. Although you will turn your tassel and collect your duly earned diploma, please know that you will always be a part of the Nicholas School and Duke University communities.  We wish you all the best. Well done graduates!

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Keynote, Alumni and Student

 Mamie Parker

Conservationist Mamie Parker will deliver the commencement address at the Nicholas School’s 2018 Recognition Ceremony for our graduating Master of Environmental Management, Master of Forestry, and PhD students on Saturday, May 12. Parker’s career has included leadership positions in the federal government and with nonprofit conservation organizations, and she currently runs a successful public speaking and executive coaching business in Washington, DC. We’re honored that she joined our Board of Visitors this year.


Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy

Master of Environmental Management graduate (1998), Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, will deliver the alumni address at the Recognition Ceremony. A member of our Alumni Council, Dobkowski-Joy serves as principal and partner at Framework LLC in Stamford, Conn., and is a leading practitioner in sustainability strategy and communications.




Elihu R. M. Dietz

Master of Environmental Management spring 2018 anticipated graduate, Elihu Dietz, has been nominated by his classmates to deliver the student address. Elihu’s MEM program area of study is Energy and Environment (EE), and his master’s project  focused on microgrids and emissions – “As the Grid Gets Cleaner, Will Microgrids Lower Emissions in New York?” (project title).  While at the Nicholas School, Elihu has been an active student serving as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow and co-president of the Energy Club.