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Duke Coach, DA Grandfather Mike Krzyzewski will Deliver Class of 2019 Commencement Address


Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will deliver the commencement address at Durham Academy’s 45th commencement exercises. The class of 109 seniors — DA’s largest-ever graduating class — will receive their diplomas in a ceremony set for May 24 at 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC–Chapel Hill.

Mike Krzyzewski

Krzyzewski — a Naismith Hall of Fame coach, five-time national champion and 12-time Final Four participant — is the winningest coach in men’s or women’s Division I college basketball history. He has also has won six gold medals as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served five years in the Army and ended his military career as a captain. He is committed to public service, serving on the boards and assuming vital roles with Duke Children’s Hospital, the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and Durham’s Emily K Center, which he established in 2006 in honor of his late mother.

Krzyzewski is part of the DA family — his grandson, Michael Savarino, is a member of the Class of 2019, another grandson graduated from DA in 2018, six grandchildren are DA students and two of his daughters graduated from DA. This will be the second time Krzyzewski has spoken at DA commencement; he first spoke at the 1995 ceremony.

Krzyzewski will be joined on the Memorial Hall stage by senior Nathan Dalva-Baird, who was selected to deliver the student address, and he will be introduced by Noah Cox and Allison Simeon, co-presidents of the Class of 2019.

Please be aware that seating is limited and reserved for DA families of graduating seniors and Upper School faculty/staff.