Commencement 2020

Students are awarded degrees every year, of course, but this year, like most other graduation celebrations, the June 14 conferral of degrees for Dartmouth students will be a virtual ceremony rather than a commencement on the Green.

On April 9, President Philip J. Hanlon '77 announced the postponing of commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that holding the annual gathering, with 12,000 people from around the world crowded on the Green would be "simply too great a risk to take."

Instead, President Hanlon and others will speak this year to graduates from the undergraduate college and graduate and professional schools in the online Celebrating the Moment: Dartmouth 2020 degree conferral ceremony that will have many familiar notes as well as some new features. In June 2021, members of the Class of 2020 will be invited to return to campus for a special commencement event, the details of which are already being planned.

How to Watch the Celebrations

Here are some of the events leading up to the June 14 degree conferral celebration. Click on the links to learn more about each school's event. School websites will be updated as more information becomes available.

Saturday, June 6
12:00 PM, Class Day, Geisel School of Medicine; keynote speaker is physician Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, chair of neurologic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Saturday, June 13
12:30 PM, Tuck School of Business Investiture

2:00 PM, Thayer School of Engineering Investiture

4:00 PM, Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies Investiture

Sunday, June 14
10:30 AM, Baccalaureate, a multifaith service for graduates and their guests; the speaker will be Michael Mina '06, a physician and assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His speech is titled "The Benefits of Existing in a Time of Great Uncertainty."

12:00 PM, Dartmouth conferral of degrees ceremony, watch the ceremony here.

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