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Commencement: Class of 2021 Stories

From countless scholars, a viral Tik Tok sensation, an intern at the CDC, champion athletes, singers, artists, performers, writers, and debaters, the members of Class of 2021 have enriched the Dartmouth community and the world with their intellect and talent.

These students have faced extraordinary challenges in the past year, but they have remained resilient. Their exceptional accomplishments and adaptability inspire hope for their future. Below are a collection of stories that reflect the creativity, diversity, and scholarship of the graduates.


2021 Commencement Address by Annette Gordon-Reed '81

Valedictory to the Graduating Students by President Philip J. Hanlon '77

Valedictory to the College by Amanda Chen '21


Photos: Commencement 2021: Change Is In the Air

Commencement News

Video: Full Commencement Ceremony

Video: Commencement Highlights

Video: The Great Class of 1971 Salutes the Great Class of 2021

'Undaunted by Challenge,' Graduates Are Urged to Find Hope

Three Seniors Receive Military Commissions

Video: Setting the Stage for Commencement 

Meet the Class of 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians 

Video: Annette Gordon-Reed '81 on Why She Loves Dartmouth

Marshals Lead the Class of 2021 With Words of Inspiration

The Dartmouth Institute Graduates Its Largest Class

Words, Wit, and Wisdom From 10 Commencement Speeches

Historian Annette Gordon-Reed '81 is Commencement Speaker

Community Conversations: Commencement Edition 


Honorary Degree Citations

Louise Glück (Doctor of Letters)

Annette Gordon-Reed '81 (Doctor of Humane Letters)

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters)

Salman Amin Khan (Doctor of Humane Letters)

N. Scott Momaday (Doctor of Letters)

Ernest J. Moniz (Doctor of Science)

Moses Pendleton (Doctor of Arts)


Stories About the Class of 2021

Meet the Class of 2021

Senior Student-Athletes Honored in Year-End Celebration

Soham Basu '20 and Ameena Razzaque '21 Win Pickering Fellowships

Joseph Januszewicz '21 Named 2021 Yenching Scholar

Jordan McDonald '21 Named a Beinecke Scholar

Student Profile: Katharine Ogden ’21

Students Win Udall Scholarships and Internships

Student's Songs Surpass One Million Streams on Social Media

Dartmouth Skiers Win Four NCAA National Championship Titles

Two Juniors Named Goldwater Scholars

Dartmouth Team Wins the National Fed Challenge

Meet the 2021 Fulbright and DAAD Recipients

Big Green Undefeated With 24-17 Homecoming Victory

Video: Student Takes On Cystic Fibrosis

Student Tells the Story of Dartmouth’s First Female Tenured Professor

Dartmouth's Entrepreneurial Community Pivots to Face Pandemic

Mock Trial Society Competes in Regional Tournament

Three Undergraduates Win National Scholarships

Native American Students Prepare for 47th Annual Powwow

Internship at CDC Is 'A Real Experience in Adulthood'

New Literary Journal Has a National Scope

Women in Science Project Opens Door to Top Journal Publication

Faculty, Undergraduates' Paper on Voter Confidence Makes News

Undergraduate Researchers Reveal Findings

What Does It Take to Become a Dartmouth Idol?

At the Hood: Sitting (Very Still) for Tintype Portraits

Mock Trial Society Advances in National Tournament

Riverfest Hosts Adventurers Past, Present, and Future

Learning to Write With Jane Austen

Native American Program Connects Creatively During COVID

In Dublin, an Undergraduate Dives Into Big Data

Kudos: Excellence in Chemistry, Computer Science, and More

Ledyard Canoe Club Celebrates 100 Years of River Adventures

Undergraduate Economics Research Conference Set for Saturday

Women’s Track Wins the 2019 New England Championship

Video: Dartmouth Forensic Union Debates at Top Speed

House Communities Welcome the Class of 2021

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 22 New Members Virtually

Undergraduate Economics Research Conference Set for Saturday


Past Commencement Speeches

2020: Salman Khan

2019: Yo-Yo Ma