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Commencement 2020


How did Dartmouth come to the decision about its plan for this year's commencement?

  • As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started directly affecting our country, Dartmouth assembled a task force to help make decisions related to the institution's academic programs and related events. The task force worked with students and campus leadership, while following federal and local guidance, to determine the best course of action to create a memorable and meaningful way for the Class of 2020, other graduating undergraduates, and professional and graduate school students who will be graduating to mark and celebrate their graduation.

When will commencement take place for the Class of 2020?
  • Due to the ever changing complexities of COVID related issues, the commencement committee is still determining plans for the Class of 2020 in-person celebration. We will continue to keep our community updated with any developments on our Commencement website: https://www.dartmouth.edu/commence/
  • We are well aware that asking our graduates to return to campus for in-person commencement exercises next year will be challenging for some of our students, as well as their families and supporters. We will do everything in our power to make attendance viable for the majority of the Class of 2020 and other graduating undergraduates. International students should feel free to contact their Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) adviser with questions about visa status and travel concerns.


How is the in-person celebration being planned? Are students involved in the planning?

  • Our commencement committee will be exchanging ideas for our rescheduled commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 and will be reaching out to our graduating students for their input and ideas.

Will the in-person celebration include a traditional commencement and opportunity to celebrate with our families and friends?

  • Yes. We are determined to include as many traditional elements as possible for our rescheduled commencement exercises.

How and when will students receive their diplomas?
  • Diplomas will be mailed out to graduates during the summer of 2020.

Can graduates still list 2020 as their graduating year?

  • Spring term concludes on June 9, 2020. Students who have completed all degree requirements by that date can list June 14, 2020 as their graduation date and year, as all degrees earned by spring term will be conferred at the virtual event to be held on that date.

Will we need regalia for the future in-person ceremony or celebration?
  • Yes, you will need regalia for our rescheduled commencement exercises in June 2021. Regalia will become available for order again a few months before the rescheduled ceremony. You can also order it now if you would like to have it early and hold on to it for the future in-person ceremony.

How do I make sure I get all future updates about an in-person commencement celebration?

  • Please make sure to update your alternative email in DartHub. Additionally—after June 14, 2020—be sure to forward your DND email to your Gmail or other non-Dartmouth email account. You will be reminded of these steps later in the term.

  • You can also check back on this website or contact commencement@dartmouth.edu if you are worried about receiving updates.

My diploma is in Latin, what does it say?

English translation of Bachelor of Arts degree awarded by Dartmouth College

By the authority of the Trustees of Dartmouth College

To all who read this document, greetings:

Let it be known that we have decided to honor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

and in accord with his/her merits to decorate him/her with the title and rank
of Bachelor of Arts
and that we have bestowed upon him/her the fullest power of enjoying all the
privileges and
immunities and honors which everywhere on earth pertain to this same rank.
Of which act let our
official seal and names be a witness.

Conferred from the halls of the College in Hanover, New Hampshire on the . . . . .
of the month of . . . . . . . . . . . . . . in the year . . . . . . .