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Dartmouth Commencement 2008Class Notes

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • (603) 646-3661 • Posted 06/08/08

Degrees awarded:
  • Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate: 1,085
  • Arts and Sciences, Graduate: 190
  • Dartmouth Medical School: 116
  • Thayer School of Engineering: 115
  • Tuck School of Business: 242
  • Total degrees awarded: 1,748
  • Estimated size of Commencement audience: 12,000-13,000 people are expected to attend Dartmouth's 2008 Commencement exercises.
Where seniors come from:

The undergraduate Class of 2008 hails from 48 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico; the most represented states are New York, Massachusetts, California, New Jersey and

Connecticut. International students come from 32 countries; the most represented are Canada, the Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China.

Most popular majors for the Class of 2008:

The most popular majors are Economics, Government, History, Psychology and Brain Sciences, English, Biology, and Engineering Sciences.

Valedictorians and Salutatorian:

Nicholas Christman, from Falmouth, Mass., Jean Ellen Cowgill from Lexington, Ky., and Margaret Fitchet from Etna, N.H. have been named co-valedictorians. All three achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Daniel J. K. Mahoney of Madison, N.J., is the salutatorian. Mahoney earned a 3.99 grade point average.

Phi Beta Kappa:

The Alpha of New Hampshire Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College inducted 113 undergraduates as new members in ceremonies held Saturday. The chapter also inducted as honorary members Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, and William Lotko, professor of engineering.  Samuel C. Silverstein, M.D. '58, the John C. Dalton Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics and professor of medicine at Columbia University was inducted as an alumni member.

Senior Class Day Honors:

During Saturday's Class Day ceremonies for undergraduates, Elizabeth Mendoza received the Philip D. McInnis Class of 1936 Award for achievement by a woman in the class, and Zachary Kaufman received the Barret Cup for all around achievement by a man in the graduating class. Latif Shiraz Nasser was the Class Orator. Tess Le-Thi Reeder, president of the Class of 2008, and Lauren Marie Bennet, president of the Senior Executive Committee, also gave addresses at the event. Chad Evan Detloff, Ahmadu Gidado, Anna Michele Tobin and Michael William Trapp served as Class Historians. Annelise Orleck, professor of history and chair of the Jewish studies program, was chosen by the class as the faculty speaker.

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