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June 11, 2010

This Sunday morning, tune in to Commencement, broadcast live on Dartmouth's website beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 13, 2010. View the preparations underway on the Green via the Baker Tower web cam.


Leading his first Commencement, President Jim Yong Kim will present the valedictory to the seniors after more than 1,700 degrees are conferred on graduates of Dartmouth College and its graduate schools. Approximately 10,000 guests are expected to attend. (See this site for information on possible delays due to weather.)

Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, will deliver the Commencement Address. Read excerpts from a conversation with Lewis.

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The seven honorary degree recipients to be recognized are, above from left:

  • Regina Benjamin, 18th United States Surgeon General
  • Agnes Binagwaho, Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda
  • Arthur Irving, Parent '10; Chairman, Irving Oil Company
  • Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World (Commencement Speaker)
  • Barry MacLean '60, Thayer '61; President and CEO, MacLean-Fogg Company
  • James Nachtwey '70, photojournalist (see Nachtwey's photos of South Africa in the June issue of National Geographic)
  • Jodi Picoult, writer and resident of Hanover, N.H.

View striking portraits of the 16 class marshals (below), who were chosen by their peers to lead their class's march at Commencement.

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Watch for post-Commencement highlights in the June 16 issue of Speaking of Dartmouth.

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Last Updated: 6/16/10