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June 16, 2010 issue

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KimPresident Jim Yong Kim to 2010 graduates: "Solve the great challenges you'll encounter in the world"
A jubilant President Kim shook the hands of more than 1,700 graduates as he led his first Dartmouth Commencement on June 13. In his speech, Kim spoke about leadership, humility, and nurturing "habits of the mind" such as persistence and self-discipline, which are "the very foundation of creativity."

Referencing former Dartmouth President John Sloan Dickey's 1946 statement that "there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix," Kim told the graduates: "You are the better human beings that we've all been waiting for."

See video and text of Kim's Valedictory to the Seniors.

Read the Valley News account of President Kim's first year, "Jim Kim Finds His Rhythm," published on Commencement day.


Lewis"Be involved in shaping a more secure, just, and decent world," says Commencement Speaker Stephen Lewis
Lewis, who was previously UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, spoke about social justice and President Kim's impact as former director of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization. The "startling, inspired, brilliant" 3x5 initiative Kim led to bring treatment to millions of people "was the absolute turning point in the struggle to subdue the pandemic," said Lewis.

Regardless of their discipline or career they choose, Lewis told the graduates that, "it's possible for everyone to make a contribution to improving the human condition."

See video and text of Lewis's Commencement Address.

Read the honorary citations for Lewis and the six other honorary degree recipients.


Valedictorians express gratitude
Read the speeches by the four valedictorians (who each earned a grade point average of 4.0) by clicking on their names or photos below.

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Valedictorians, above left to right:

  • Benjamin A. Gifford '10 of Newton, Mass.: "I hope you all give as many second chances as you can, and I also hope that you don't end up needing too many of your own."
  • Gregory W. Hart '10 of Scarsdale, N.Y.: "How can Chaucer, Mozart, or Freud help the future surgeon or CEO?"
  • Tomi J. Jun '08 of Singapore: "Throughout basic training [in the Singapore military in 2007] I thought to myself, 'I'm a Dartmouth student. I can do this.'"
  • Adrian Wood-Smith '10 of St. Paul, Minn.: "I see colleagues whose successes not just as students, but as friends, as mentors, and as activists humble and inspire me."

ahmed The 2010 salutatorian (grade point average 3.99) is Ayah Ahmed '10 of Arlington, Va. (left), who is also a 2005 graduate and valedictorian of the American International School in Kuwait.

Learn more about the valedictorians and salutatorian.


Ress-JonesTannerIn its June meeting, Board of Trustees elects new members, approves operating and capital budgets
The Board elected as trustees Trevor D. Rees-Jones '73 (far left) of Dallas, Texas, and Peggy Epstein Tanner '79 of New York City. Read more about Rees-Jones and Tanner. Tanner's son Eric, a rising senior, is president of the Dartmouth student body.

Charles E. Haldeman '70, Board chair since 2007, formally handed over the gavel to Stephen F. Mandel '78, whose term as chair began with the close of the June meeting. In this interview, Haldeman discusses the highlights of his chairmanship.

Read about other outcomes from the June 11 Board meeting.


classdayMore Commencement multimedia
Watch a Class Day video including remarks from Class Orator Matthew Ritger '10 (pictured) and Faculty Speaker Jennifer Sargent, visiting associate professor of writing.

What were the five most popular majors for the '10s? Find the answers in Commencement Notes.

See other coverage of the weekend, including photos, and the Valley News story, "Call to Service at Dartmouth."


Quick links:
bgbMeet up with 12 students on the Big Green Bus and chat about energy conservation (NYC 6/23, Washington, D.C. 6/28)
See the schedule for the cross-country tour, which begins June 18, and meet the 12 students on the crew.
backPhilip Back '10 caps undergraduate years with musical ambition
bloomDartmouth makes Bloomberg Businessweek's list of top 10 colleges for S&P 500 CEOs
baseballWatch SportsCenter highlights of baseball's June 5 NCAA tournament win over Florida International University
patsyPatricia Fisher '81 takes lead as acting vice president of Alumni Relations
payneHannah Payne '11 of Huntington, N.Y., president of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, wins Goldwater scholarship
gelladaAnthropology professor studies facial expressions of Ethiopia's gelada monkeys to uncover origins of human language
athlogoAtlanta-based firm chosen to assist in Athletics Director search
To see the job description or to apply or nominate a candidate, visit Parker Executive Search.
Stay connected:

night watchGreen and Groovy
Creative programming from Reunion class volunteers includes a performance by the Night Watchmen, a '60s-era Dartmouth student band, at the Class of 1970 reunion.
Reunions continue through June 21.

Listen to the Night Watchmen's 1968 cover of Jimi Hendrix's "You Got Me Floating."

travelAlumni Travel
Journey from Venice to Nice to October 24-November 1, 2010, with Steve Swayne, associate professor of music.
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