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Special Events

Annual Voices of Faith Dinner Event

Voices of Faith dinner


Voices of Faith is a multi-cultural, multi-faith event hosted by Tucker every Fall Term featuring a panel of Dartmouth students from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds share how their faith background connects with a particular theme or with other aspects of their life.

The 2017 theme was "Keeping the Faith: Hope and Resilience in Times of Challenge".

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2018 Community Multi-Faith Celebration

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-faith Celebration on Sunday, January 21, 2018 will feature keynote speaker The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. Dr. Lewis is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Collegiate Church is a dynamic 1000-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.

Lewis is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and earned her Ph.D. in Religion and Society/Psychology and Religion at Drew University.  Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she serves on the Multiracial Congregation Task Force of the Reformed Church in America.  Lewis has been Adjunct Professor at The Graduate Theological Union and Union Theological Seminary, and is currently Doctor of Ministry faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary.  She is a nationally recognized speaker and preacher on the topics of racial justice and reconciliation and has been interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition, WABC, WNBC, CNN, GritTV, in Ebony and Forbes Magazine, and has been a featured speaker on 30 Good Minutes.  She blogs for The Huffington Post and is the author of The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations.

Please join us for this joyful celebration featuring diverse student voices and the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir directed by Walt J. Cunningham.


Baccalaureate Multi-Faith Service

The baccalaureate service seems to have originated in the early 15th century at Oxford University in England. Each graduate was obliged to deliver an oration or sermon, in Latin, to demonstrate his worthiness to receive the degree of bachelor, signified by crowning him with laurels. This service was, in effect, what we now call commencement for after you had orated and been crowned with laurels, you were a bachelor - you had your degree.

In America, at religious colleges (like Dartmouth was at its founding and early years), the graduation ceremony included a church service, so that new graduates would understand both the seriousness of their new responsibilities and the true Source of all their achievements.

Today's service has evolved greatly since the days of Eleazar Wheelock. It is now a multi-faith, multicultural service in which we celebrate what we hold in common while also recognizing each tradition's beautiful particularities. It is a time of celebration and worship when we pause, as a college, to give thanks to God for our graduates.

2017 Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, June 10th at 3:00 PM in Rollins Chapel

Keynote speaker: Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, MD - surgeon and author

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, MD (Navajo) is an author and surgeon, and the first Navajo woman to be board-certified in surgery. She is a member of the Ponderosa Pine (Tsinnajinnie) and Salt (Ashi'hii' Dine') clans. She was raised in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Her memoir, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear (Bantam, 1999), tells the story of her journey from the reservation to the operating room and of her work to combine Navajo philosophies of healing with western medicine. She currently holds an appointment as Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Alvord was named an Arthur Vining Davis Scholar in 2016. In 2013, she was nominated for the position of Surgeon General of the United States, by the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board.

Alvord earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1979, received her doctorate of medicine (MD) at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1985, and completed her residency in general surgery at Stanford University Hospital. She served as associate dean, student affairs, at Dartmouth Medical School from 1997-2009, Central Michigan College of Medicine (2010-2012), and the University of Arizona College of Medicine (2012-2014). In addition to other medical practice and teaching positions, she served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine from 2008-2010, and she has been a member of many NIH study sections. Her research has focused on surgical outcomes and health disparities in Native American populations. Additional interests include Native American health and healing practices, integrative medicine, and the creation of healing environments. Alvord has been awarded honorary degrees from Albany Medical College, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Pine Manor College, and she has been a commencement speaker at five medical schools. she is featured in the National Library of Medicine exhibit, "Changing the Face of Medicine," honoring pioneering women physicians over the past 150 years.

"Ceremonies work at multiple levels, bur primarily they heal the mind, which helps to heal the body. Chant, song, prayer, and guided imagery are used, in an elaborate form of mind-body medicine. Subsistence living and environmental sustainability principles are also found in ceremony teachings, and are examples of how interconnection can promote sustainability theory and teach humans a way of living that honors and protects our natural world." - LORI ARVISO ALVORD

You can also view the video from our 2016 Baccalaureate Service.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Multi-Faith Celebration




View a video of the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Multi-Faith Celebration


Ramadan Reflections and Dinner

ramadan reflections

In Islam, Ramadan is a time of personal and collective renewal. Each year, during Ramadan, Al-Nur (Dartmouth's Muslim Student Association) and Tucker host this event. It is an opportunity for all in the Dartmouth community to break the daily fast with others, learn about what Ramadan means to several student panelists, and discuss one's thoughts over a deliciously catered meal.

Last Updated: 11/10/17