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MedalWhat is the medal that the president wears during Commencement?

When in academic attire, Dartmouth's president wears the Flude Medal suspended from a gold chain. The medal was a gift to Dartmouth's second president, John Wheelock, from John Flude of London in 1785. On its slightly convex face the medal depicts in gold the Aesop's fable scene, "The Old Man and His Sons." The reverse side, of sterling silver, has a heraldic shield that represents the earliest official flag of the United States of America and engraved dedicatory text.