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Paulson '68 to Speak at Commencement

Henry Paulson '68
Henry Paulson '68
Erich Kunzel '57
Erich Kunzel '57
Willie Mays
Willie Mays
Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver
John Rich '80
John A. Rich '80
Judith Rodin
Judith Rodin
W. Richard West Jr.
W. Richard West Jr.

Henry M. Paulson Jr. '68, renowned in the worlds of finance and public service, will deliver the main address at Dartmouth's 2007 Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 10. He is also one of seven individuals who will receive honorary degrees at the event.

Currently the 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Paulson previously was chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, the New York-based global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm. Earlier, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as staff assistant to the president from 1972 through 1973, and as staff assistant to the assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon from 1970 through 1972. He also served as chair of the Nature Conservancy Board of Governors from 2004 through 2006.

Other speakers will include President James Wright and the valedictorian of the undergraduate senior class, who is announced the week of Commencement. 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.

Honorary Degree Recipients

  • 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- 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 (Doctor of Science), professor and chair of Health Management and Policy, and director of the Center for Public Health Practice, Drexel University
  • Judith Rodin (Doctor of Science), president, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • W. Richard West Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters) founding director, National Museum of the American Indian

New to this year's Commencement ceremonies will be the awarding of The Dartmouth Prize for Exceptional Teaching: A Celebration of Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Education. The College will present awards to four K-12 teachers from around the country nominated by graduating seniors for their skills and the profound positive impact they have had on many lives, including those of the students who nominated them.

Saturday, June 9
Class Day and Investiture ceremonies for Dartmouth's three professional schools, and Baccalaureate, a multifaith service open to all graduates and their guests, will be held on Saturday, June 9.

Dartmouth Medical School: 9 a.m., Derzon Courtyard, DMS, rain or shine (under tent). Speaker: Benjamin Carson, director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, and co-director of the Craniofacial Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Thayer School of Engineering: 10 a.m., Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center. Speaker: 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.

Baccalaureate: 3 p.m., Rollins Chapel. (Remote viewing in 105 Dartmouth Hall.) Speaker: Rev. Dr. Fred Berthold '45, 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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Last Updated: 12/17/08