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What is the President's Reception and who attends?
President Phil Hanlon and Gail Gentes host a reception for all graduating students and their guests. It is held at the President's House. (weather permitting)
Appropriate attire is business casual.

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What is Class Day and who attends?

Immediately following the commencement rehearsal, seniors will process to the Bema for class day (Leverone Field House in case of rain), entering the Bema at approximately 10:00 am. The program will include speeches by seniors and faculty, as well as an awards ceremony. Guests are invited to join the graduates at this event. The Bema is located at the end of a wide gravel path that branches off of Observatory Road behind North Fayerweather. Parking is very limited near the Bema, so guests should plan to walk to the event. The space is an outdoor amphitheater with a limited number of chairs, available on a first come, first served basis. Since many guests will need to sit on the ground, family and friends are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on. Seniors will sit together on the grass in an area in front of the stage. The space is wheelchair accessible but we recommend guests with mobility disabilities arrive by 9:30 a.m., as the final path to the Bema is unpaved.

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What is Baccalaureate and who attends?
Baccalaureate is a multifaith service of thanksgiving and celebration for the completion of the undergraduate and graduate careers of Dartmouth students. The service, conducted by the Tucker Foundation, is held in Rollins Chapel. Doors open at 2:30 pm and the service begins promptly at 3:00 pm. Seating is limited; remote viewing will be available in 105 Dartmouth Hall. This event is open to the public.
Rollins Chapel is not air-conditioned; summer dress attire is recommended. A water bottle and hand-held fan may be useful.

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