Graduating Class Gift

Class of 2019

Class of 2019: Supporting the 
Brenda E. Armstrong, MD Endowment

Congratulations, Class of 2019 on all of your accomplishments while obtaining your medical education at Duke!  As we celebrate and prepare for our graduation from medical school and the beginning of our lives as Duke doctors and alumni, let us come together one last time as a class and make a powerful statement about what being a Duke medical student has meant to us.  Giving back is part of the Duke experience — it truly would not be the same place without it. 

The Graduating Class Gift Campaign allows us to show appreciation for the top-tier medical education we received and to experience the satisfaction of giving and to honor our new crop of med students. This year is particularly special, because all of our gifts collected for the campaign will support the Brenda E. Armstrong, MD Endowment Fund. 

This endowment fund was created to honor Dr. Armstrong and her strong commitment to student diversity, recruitment, and retention.  Along with Dr. Armstrong’s wishes, the endowment will provide support for programs within the School of Medicine, such as the Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute and Boost (Building Opportunities and Overtures in Science and Technology), which are designed to expand the interest of middle-, high-school, and undergraduate students and encourage them to consider careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences. 


  • Every gift (even $1.00) makes a difference and counts towards our overall goal of 100% participation!
  • If you choose to make a multi-year pledge, the entire amount counts towards our class gift total.

Special opportunity this year!

All who make a minimum gift of $20.19 will be invited to join the Davison Club—Davison Club members are invited to a variety of special alumni events throughout the year and are recognized as leadership donors. Your name will be included on the donor wall in the Trent Semans Center and on our online honor roll. You will also receive a Duke Medicine/Davison Club lapel pin to wear proudly.

Participation Rate = 10%

(Results as of February 19, 2019)

Make your gift here.

Let's Graduate and Make Our Gift!

Graduating Class Gift Committee

  • Kelly Buchanan, Chair and Class Council President

  • Valentine Esposito, Davison Council President

  • Chris Calixte​

  • James Helzberg​

  • Jennifer Huang

  • Chloe Peters

  • Gireesh Reddy

  • Sitharthan Sekar

What is the Graduating Class Gift Campaign?

Every year, the fourth year/graduating medical students come together to make a monetary contribution to the School of Medicine. Known collectively as the ‘class gift,’ students typically give an amount representing their graduating year ($20.19), but gift sizes can vary.

How can I participate?

Make your gift early and spread the word! Make your gift here or mail your pledge form. Everyone who makes a donation (any amount) will be included on the Class of 2019 Honor Roll, which is displayed on this website (see below).

Make your gift here.

If you prefer to make your gift with cash or check or would like to make a multi-year pledge, please contact Jennifer Turner

Duke Medical Alumni Association - Contact

Jennifer L. Turner
Associate Director, Reunion Giving and Special Gifts
710 W. Main Street, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27701
Direct: (919) 385-3163  
Cell: (919) 972-1397

Class of 2019 Gift Honor Roll

Thank you to the members of the Class of 2019 who have made their Class Gift to the Brenda E. Armstrong, MD Endowment Fund!  You have invested in making Duke University School of Medicine a unique and thriving place, and you have shown your vote of confidence in what Duke can do for future generations.

Honor Roll | Participation Rate = 10%

(Results as of February 19, 2019)

Kareem Alexis
Olayode Babatunde
Chris Calixte
Jonathan Chang
Jason Green
James Helzberg
Eliza Hompe
Cierra Hong
Emily Lydon
Connor Moseley
Gireesh Reddy
Sitharthan Sekar




Make your gift here.

Class of 2019 Gift Events

Rank List & Class Gift Celebration

Submission of Rank Lists Celebration & Class Gift Campaign Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, February 19 |  6:30 – 8:30pm
BOXCAR Bar + Arcade
621 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701
Pizza, tokens, and one drink ticket provided!

Capstone: Monday, February 25

Big Push for Class Gifts: February 19 - March 15

Match Day: Friday, March 15

Final Push for Class Gifts: April 22 - May 3

Graduation: May 10

Past Graduation Class Gift Results

What have previous classes done?

Class of 2015 = 71% participation rate

Class of 2016 = 70% participation rate

Class of 2017 = 87% participation rate

Class of 2018 = 65% participation rate