Commencement & Graduation

Graduating students must ensure their college accounts are in good standing before graduation. The information on this page will also be sent to graduating students identified by the Office of the Registrar. Please make sure your status with that office is up to date.

Deactivation of Accounts

The regular use of I.D. card accounts for graduating students will be terminated in May. This deactivation of accounts will affect the following:

  • DDS Charging - Dining plans will remain in effect through the identified end date. However, while you may continue to use any Dining Dollars and Meal Swipes, you will not be allowed to charge (go negative) any food purchases. For continued dining purchases in addition to meal swipes, please use the DASH Discretionary account (more information provided below).

  • Administrative Fees and Fines - All account balances (positive or negative) will be transferred to your final student bill, which is issued by Campus Billing.

DASH Discretionary Account

As graduation nears, students may find a need for an alternate method for spending on campus. After accounts have been deactivated, and after dining plan meals and Flex DBA have been depleted, you can continue using your Dartmouth ID card to make purchases with your DASH Discretionary Account.

In arrangement with the change to DASH Discretionary normal operation, students will only be able to use this account when it has a balance available. It does not have the ability to acquire an owed balance.

Special Reminder: The DASH Discretionary can be used for supplemental dining, as well as other needs during the final weeks leading to Commencement: printing, vending machines, laundry, DCAD activities, necessities at Collis Market, and any other campus use you may consider.

The account balance will be available for use through Commencement Day. Following Commencement Day, graduating students will receive a full refund of any remaining funds to their student account on D-Pay. Students can then request a refund through D-Pay or via email to Campus Billing in order to reclaim any available final credit balance on their student account.

Please note: Graduated students have a limited time to request refunds through D-Pay. Once a student status turns over from “active” to “graduated,” they will no longer be able to request e-refunds. As such, we recommend that you submit your e-refund request as soon after Commencement as possible. Otherwise, the graduated student would need to request their refund via email and will receive disbursement only in the form of a paper check.

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