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Frequently Asked Questions

***LAST UPDATED 6/7/2021***

STUDENTS

INVITED GUESTS

OBTAINING TICKETS

 

What are the current plans for Commencement 2021?

  • We are pleased to announce that, given the success of vaccination efforts nationwide, and our recent ability to offer vaccines to the Dartmouth community, it is now feasible to allow our graduating students to invite a limited number of guests—two—to commencement ceremonies.

 

Will members of the Class of 2021 studying remotely be able to participate in the ceremony?

  • Yes. Graduating students who are studying remotely will have the option of either attending the ceremony virtually or attending in person. Students who are not currently on campus and are eligible to participate received an email from the Undergraduate Deans Office Monday, May 10th regarding the specific arrival, quarantine, and testing requirements they will need to meet in order to participate in the celebration. 


Is this ceremony open to all graduating undergraduates and graduate students?

  • Yes.


Where can I find information about graduate student ceremonies?

 

Can I eat or drink while seated in Memorial Stadium?

  • There will be no eating in the stadium. It is recommended to bring a water bottle with you as access to water is limited.

 

Is any in-person celebration being planned for members of the Dartmouth Class of 2020 this year?

  • Unfortunately, no. In light of the persistence with which the pandemic has raged on around the world and the slower-than-anticipated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, we will not be able to welcome the members of the Class of 2020 back to campus for a commencement celebration this June, as we had originally hoped. Dartmouth’s Alumni Relations office will be working with Class of 2020 representatives to plan a future celebration that not only honors their outstanding achievements, but is reflective of how they wish it to be. 

 

How will graduating students receive their diplomas?

  • Undergraduates: Diplomas will be mailed out to graduates during the summer of 2021.
  • Thayer School: Diplomas will be mailed.
  • Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies– A.M, M.S. and Ph.D.’s: Graduates will be contacted by the Assistant Graduate Registrar.
  • MALS: MALS graduates will be contacted by the MALS office. 
  • MHCDS: Diplomas will be mailed.
  • Tuck School: Diplomas may be pick up following the ceremony on Buchanan lawn.  In the case of rain, diplomas can be collected in Stell Hall.

 

Where is the stage located within the stadium?

 

When will my regalia arrive?

  • If you ordered your regalia by the May 17th deadline, it will arrive by June 3 at the latest. 
  • If you were not able to order your regalia by the deadline, you still have the option to purchase it on campus on June 12 from 4pm to 6pm outside Leverone Field House. It will be available for $27, cash only. 

 

How would I find out if I have unresolved obligations that will hold up the mailing of my diploma?

 

What is the current policy for invited guests?

  • Undergraduates (receiving their A.B. or B.E. diplomas) will be permitted to invite a maximum of two guests to the June 13 commencement ceremony.
  • Graduate and professional school students will be allowed to invite a maximum of two guests to their individual school investiture/class day celebrations. Graduate and professional school students are invited to march at the June 13 commencement ceremony, but may not bring guests to that event.
     

Do I need to wear a mask while in the Upper Valley?

  • Masks will be mandatory at all times, regardless of vaccination status, when people are in the Memorial stadium as well as when they are walking around the Dartmouth campus, downtown Hanover, and Lebanon.

 

Is on campus housing available?

  • On-campus accommodations will not be available for students or guests.


Can invited guests attend other commencement activities on campus or access campus buildings?

  • At this time, ongoing capacity constraints necessitated by the pandemic prevent us from opening other traditional commencement activities to guests or permitting guest access to campus buildings. Guests may only access the designated ceremony in Memorial Stadium specified on their guest ticket.
  • The change to the Guest Policy effective June 1 is limited to individuals with a business purpose registered in accordance with the hosting department. The updated Guest Policy does not permit in-person attendance at on-campus programs, activities and events, or entry into any College building.
  • All events, programs and activities, whether indoor or outdoor, with the exception of institutional Commencement and graduate/professional school investitures, are limited to College participants only. Guests and families may attend virtually, but may not attend in person.
  • On-campus student programs and events between now and the start of the summer term are limited to approved events open to all students only, organized in conjunction with Student Life (eg programming board, senior week) and the House Communities. Guests may not attend, and College facilities and grounds are not available for other student organizations or private events.


What are the vaccination and travel requirements to attend a ceremony as an invited guest?

  • It is strongly recommended that all guests are fully vaccinated* before attending commencement events.
  • Guests who are not fully vaccinated are required to follow the commencement access policy (see details below).

ACCESS REQUIREMENTS FOR INVITED GUESTS WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED AND ARE ARRIVING OUTSIDE NEW ENGLAND (INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL)

  • If traveling from within New England (i.e., New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island), upon arrival, individuals may access Memorial Field for the ceremony specified on their ticket.
  • If traveling from outside of New England upon arrival, individuals must wait 10 days to access Memorial Field for the ceremony specified on their ticket. Individuals may shorten their local 10-day waiting period by taking a PCR-based (molecular) COVID-19 test five days after arriving in the area. If their test result is negative and they continue to be symptom free, they may access Memorial field for the ceremony specified on their ticket once seven days have passed since they arrived.
  • Individuals may complete their waiting period at their departure location and arrive in the Hanover area using private transportation, minimizing stops.

*Individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose in a 2-dose series or 14 days after one dose in a single-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization by the FDA or full approval or emergency use listing by the World Health Organization.

Where can I find more information about accessibilty for graduating students and invited guests?

  • Student accessibility information and resources are available here.
  • Invited guest accessibility information and resources are available here.


How does a graduating student obtain their tickets?

  • Students eligible to march in an investiture, graduate school class day or commencement ceremony can go here to secure two guest tickets.  Students will log in with their NetID and password to access the Athletic Ticket Office system.  Ceremony tickets are available for each eligible student’s specified guests (submit guest names when securing tickets), and are not transferrable.  The student will receive the guest tickets via email confirmation. It is the student's responsibility to forward the electronic tickets to their guests.  The tickets can be printed or added to an Apple Wallet to be scanned at the gates upon entering Memorial Field for the specified ceremony listed on the ticket. The guest tickets are delivered as an attachment; the guest should download the tickets to their mobile device or print before they arrive for efficiency.  Tickets can also be added to Apple Wallet where one would store and access boarding passes, movie tickets, etc. To add tickets to Apple Wallet, open the email on an iPhone or iPod touch.


When can graduates obtain their guest tickets?

  • TDI graduates can access the ticket site after May 19 at 8 AM EDT
  • Tuck graduates can access the ticket site after May 17 at 8 AM EDT
  • Undergraduates can access the ticket site after May 24 at 8 AM EDT
  • More information coming soon regarding Thayer access.