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Upcoming Commencement Dates

  • June 12, 2016
  • June 11, 2017
  • June 10, 2018
  • June 9, 2019
  • June 14, 2020

Order of Events

Arrival 

Seniors: On Commencement morning, seniors assemble at 8:15 a.m. in Leede Arena and must be in their assigned seats by 8:30 a.m.  The doors will be locked at 8:30 a.m. sharp so that seniors may take their seats in final march order. Seniors will not be admitted to the Commencement procession after the doors are locked at 8:30 a.m. Seniors march in alphabetical order.  March lists with the number assigned to each graduate will be posted in Baker Main Hall, Baker-Berry Library, the Friday before Commencement.

Graduate and professional school students gather at 8:00 a.m. at their designated assembly sites by Sanborn Library and in front of Wentworth Hall.

The platform group and faculty assemble at the Hopkins Center at 8:30 am and forms a double line in order of seniority. 

Assembly and Order of March

The Academic Procession is headed by the Platform Group, led by the Dean of Faculty as Chief Marshal. Marching behind the Chief Marshal is the President of the College, accompanied by the Dean of the College and Vice Provost of Student Affairs.

Behind them comes the Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College, as College Usher, bearing Lord Dartmouth's Cup. The Trustees of the College march as a group. They are followed by the Vice President for Alumni Relations in her capacity as College Steward. The Steward carries a canister that contains a copy of the charter granted to Dartmouth in 1769 by King George III. The Steward is followed by the Eagle Staff Bearer. 

Trustees Emeriti, preceded by the Senior Vice President for Advancement serving as their marshal, immediately follow. The honorary degree recipients, and the Honorary Degree Marshals, come next. They are followed by the remainder of the Platform Group, Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the Professional Schools. Finally, the bachelor's degree candidates march to seats in the front section, and graduate degree candidates proceed to their seats, located to the left and right of the seniors.

Order of Exercises

  • PROCESSIONAL
  • OPENING PRAYER
  • SINGING OF MILTON’S PARAPHRASE OF PSALM CXXXVI
  • CONFERRING OF ADVANCED DEGREES
  • CONFERRING OF HONORARY DEGREES
  • COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
  • RECOGNITION OF RETIREES
  • RECOGNITION OF 50TH REUNION CLASS
  • SINGING OF DARTMOUTH UNDYING
  • RECOGNITION OF VALEDICTORIANS
  • VALEDICTORY TO THE COLLEGE
  • CONFERRING OF THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF ARTS
  • VALEDICTORY TO THE GRADUATES
  • SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER
  • RECESSIONAL

Last Updated: 5/12/16