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Dartmouth Commencement 2009 Facts at a Glance - Notes About the Class of '09

Posted 06/14/09

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Degrees awarded:
  • Arts & Sciences, Undergraduate:1,054 Bachelor of Arts
  • Arts & Sciences, Graduate:36 Master of Science, 16 Master of Arts, 49 Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, 77 Doctor of Philosophy
  • Dartmouth Medical School: 63 Doctor of Medicine, 47 Master of Public Health
  • Thayer School of Engineering: 61 Bachelor of Engineering, 46 Master of Engineering Management
  • Tuck School of Business: 254 Master of Business Administration
  • Total degrees awarded: 1,703
  • Estimated size of audience:12,000-13,000 people are expected to attend.
Where seniors come from:

The undergraduate Class of 2009 hails from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The most represented states are New York, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut. International students come from 30 countries. The most represented are Canada, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea.

Most popular majors for the Class of 2009:

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

Valedictorians and Salutatorian:

Geoffrey R. Kirsch of Concord, N.H., and Yangyang Liu of Changsha, China, both earned 4.0 grade point averages and will be recognized jointly as valedictorian. There was a three-way tie for the salutatorian honor with Alexander W. Nomitch of Bannockburn, Ill.; Devin M. O'Connor of Demarest, N.J., and Laura C. Romain of Convent Station, N.J. all earning 3.99 grade point averages.

Phi Beta Kappa:

The Alpha of New Hampshire Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College inducted 118 undergraduates as new members in ceremonies held Saturday. The chapter also inducted as honorary members Katharine Conley, Professor of French & Italian and Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, George Cybenko, the Dorothy and Walter Gramm Professor of Engineering, and Peter Tse, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Senior Class Day Honors:

During Saturday’s Class Day ceremonies for undergraduates, Meredith Taylor Dryman received the Philip D. McInnis Class of 1936 Award for achievement by a woman in the class, and Matthew Sievers Alkaitis received the Barrett Cup for all-around achievement by a man in the graduating class. Syam Palakurthy was the Class Orator. Anne C. E. Rittgers, president of the Class of 2009, and Molly R. Bode, president of the Senior Executive Committee, also gave addresses at the event. Rembert M. Browne, Marley B. McMillan, Peter S. Rothbard, and Annabel W. Seymour served as Class Historians. N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Native American Studies, was chosen by the class as the faculty speaker.

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