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Elie Wiesel to Speak at Commencement

Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel Robert L. Barry '56
Hon. Robert L. Barry '56
Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
Judd Gregg
Judd Gregg
Chiharu Igaya '57`
Chiharu Igaya '57
Mae C. Jemison
Mae C. Jemison
Maxine Kumin
Maxine Kumin
Jim Lehrer
Jim Lehrer

Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps who has spent so much of his adult life working on behalf of oppressed people worldwide that he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth's 2006 Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 11, on the Dartmouth Green.

Wiesel is also one of eight individuals who will receive honorary degrees at the event.

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.
Other speakers for the event will include 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, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

At commencement, Dartmouth will confer honorary degrees on:

  • The Honorable Robert L. Barry '56 (Doctor of Laws)
    President, Robert L. Barry Associates
    Former U.S. ambassador to Indonesia 1992-1995
  • Joan Ganz Cooney (Doctor of Arts)
    Chairman, executive committee and cofounder, Sesame Workshop
  • Judd Gregg (Doctor of Laws)
    United States senator, New Hampshire
  • Chiharu Igaya '57 (Doctor of Humane Letters)
    Vice President, International Olympic Committee
  • Dr. Mae C. Jemison (Doctor of Science)
    Founder, BioSentient Corporation and The Jemison Group
    Former NASA astronaut
  • Maxine Kumin (Doctor of Letters)
    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, novelist, and author
    New Hampshire poet laureate 1989-1994
  • Jim Lehrer (Doctor of Humane Letters)
    Anchor, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  • Elie Wiesel (Doctor of Humane Letters)
    Founder and President, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; professor of philosophy and religion, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University Winner, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize

A variety of ceremonies take place on Saturday, June 10, the day before Commencement, including Baccalaureate, a multifaith religious service open to all graduates and their guests, and Class Day and Investiture ceremonies for Dartmouth's three professional schools. Those events and their speakers are:

  • Dartmouth Medical School: 9 a.m., Derzon Courtyard, DMS. (In case of rain, Leede Arena, 11 a.m.) Speaker: Antonia Novello, New York state health commissioner. Novello served as the 14th surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service, the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold that position.
  • Thayer School of Engineering: 10 a.m., Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center. Speaker: Nicholas M. Donofrio, executive vice president, innovation and technology, IBM Corporation, and vice chairman of the IBM International Foundation. Donofrio helps lead innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem and is the leader of the company's global technology strategy.
  • Tuck School of Business: 3 p.m., Tuck Circle. (In case of rain, Thompson Arena, same time.) Speaker: Roger B. McNamee Tu'82, cofounder and advisory director of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm that makes large-scale investments in market-leading media, entertainment, and consumer-related businesses.
  • Baccalaureate: 3 p.m., Rollins Chapel. (Remote viewing in 105 Dartmouth Hall.) Speaker: Rev. Robert K. Goodwin, president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08