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Henry M. Paulson, Jr. '68, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, to give Dartmouth's 2007 Commencement address, Sunday, June 10

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/19/07 • Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

Henry M. Paulson, Jr., a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1968 who has achieved renown in the worlds of finance and public service, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth College's 2007 Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 10, on the Dartmouth Green. Paulson is also one of seven individuals who will receive honorary degrees at the event.

Currently serving as the 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Paulson previously was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs, the New York-based global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as Staff Assistant to the President from 1972-73 and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from 1970-72. He also served as chair of the Nature Conservancy Board of Governors from 2004-06.

Other speakers for the event will include Dartmouth President James Wright and the valedictorian of the undergraduate senior class, who is announced the week of commencement, after final grades are calculated.

The College typically awards approximately 1,000 bachelor's degrees and approximately 500 master's and doctoral degrees in the Arts and Sciences and from the College's three professional schools: Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

The academic procession to the Green begins at 9:30 a.m., and visitors are advised to be in their seats by that time. Commencement ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.

At commencement, Dartmouth will confer honorary degrees on:

  • Erich Kunzel '57 (Doctor of Arts)
    Conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
  • Willie Mays (Doctor of Humane Letters)
    Member, Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mary Oliver (Doctor of Letters)
    Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning poet
  • Henry M. Paulson, Jr. '68 (Doctor of Laws)
    U.S. Treasury Secretary, business and civic leader
  • John A. Rich '80, MD, MPH (Doctor of Science)
    Professor & Chair, Health Management and Policy
    Director, Center for Public Health Practice
    Drexel University
  • Judith Rodin, Ph.D. (Doctor of Science)
    President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • W. Richard West, Jr., (Doctor of Humane Letters)
    Founding Director, National Museum of the American Indian

A new feature of Dartmouth Commencement Sunday:
The Dartmouth Prize for Exceptional Teaching: A Celebration of Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Education

Also on Commencement Sunday 2007, Dartmouth will inaugurate its "Dartmouth Prize for Exceptional Teaching: A Celebration of Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Education." The College will present the awards to four K-12 teachers from around the country who were nominated by graduating Dartmouth seniors for their skills and the profound positive impact they have had on a great many lives, including those of the Dartmouth students who nominated them. The College will announce the names of the winners in a news release prior to Commencement.

Saturday, June 9: Speakers for Dartmouth professional schools' Class Day and Investiture ceremonies; and for Baccalaureate Service

A variety of ceremonies take place the day before Commencement, including Class Day and Investiture ceremonies for Dartmouth's three professional schools, and Baccalaureate, a multi-faith service open to all graduates and their guests. Those events and their speakers are:

  • Dartmouth Medical School: 9 a.m., Derzon Courtyard, DMS, rain or shine (under tent). Speaker: Benjamin Carson, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He has been the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins since 1984, and also currently serves as Co-director of the Craniofacial Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Thayer School of Engineering: 10 a.m., Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center. Speaker: Dr. John Holdren, the Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Director of the Woods Hole Research Center.
  • Tuck School of Business: 3 p.m., Tuck Circle. (In case of rain, Thompson Arena, same time.) Speaker: Harold W. "Terry" McGraw III, Chairman, President and CEO of the McGraw-Hill Companies, a worldwide leader in the financial services, publication, education and business information markets. The McGraw-Hill companies include leading brands such as Standard & Poor's, Business Week and McGraw-Hill Education. McGraw is also chairman of Business Roundtable, the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.
  • Baccalaureate: 3 p.m., Rollins Chapel. (Remote viewing in 105 Dartmouth Hall.) Speaker: Rev. Dr. Fred Berthold, Dartmouth Class of 1945, Dartmouth Professor of Religion, Emeritus, first Dean of Dartmouth's Tucker Foundation, and an ordained clergyman in the United Church of Christ.

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