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Pratt Parent Circle

A giving club for our most involved non-alumni parents

Parent Circle Members support the Duke Engineering Annual Fund—one of the easiest and more effective ways to make a real impact on a student’s Duke experience.

The Annual Fund supports many things, including:

  • High-impact, hands-on education, such as EGR 101: First-Year Design
  • Mentoring programs for undergraduates, such as the 360 Coaching Fellows Initiative
  • And more

Since our daughter started at Duke, we have been impressed with the world-class experience she has received, in and out of the classroom. She has a wonderful group of Duke friends that we imagine will be lifelong relationships. We are non-alumni parents who have enjoyed our own Duke experience. It’s wonderful to be part of the Pratt Family!

Carol Blacutt-Underwood & Brian Underwood

Features and Benefits

In addition to supporting the critical Annual Fund, you will also be invited to exclusive events—such as:

  • The Pratt Parent Circle Meet & Greet during Family Weekend
  • Meetings with the Vinik Dean of Engineering
  • Gatherings with other leaders at the Pratt School of Engineering

Please join Carol and Brian, Nicky and Denis, and many other non-alumni parents in the Pratt Parent Circle!

Denis and Nicky Ziman“Our son will leave Pratt well prepared for industry, with a solid foundation of problem-solving skills. His rigorous academic schedule is balanced by a fun and engaging campus life. And, we get to enjoy our own Duke experience with the Pratt Parent Circle—it’s been terrific to meet other parents of Duke Engineering students!”

Nicky & Denis Ziman P’25

How to Join

Membership in the club is possible with a gift to the Engineering Annual Fund at the President’s Society level.

(This gift also applies to the Duke Parents Committee, which makes this a doubly wonderful way to be meaningfully involved at Duke!)

Make a Gift


If you have any questions, please reach out to any member of the Pratt Development Team.