Graduates sitting in the grass listening to a speaker
1919. Graduates listen to Robert Proctor, Class of 1919, deliver “class prophecies” during class day exercises on June 23, 1919, in the Bema.
Dartmouth graduates singing at commencement 2022
Facts About Commencement

Did you know that Commencement has never been cancelled due to rain? Did you know that each student’s cap and gown is made from 23 recycled drinking water bottles?

Person carrying Native veterans flag at commencement
Academic Attire

Dartmouth faculty members, the Board of Trustees, and other functionaries of the College wear academic hoods of different colors to indicate their areas of study. Read more about these hoods and the history of the graduation gown.

Lone Pine Background Pattern

Complete Commencement Ceremonies

We have archived each Commencement ceremony in full starting in 2009. 

It takes measuring tape, ladders, hammers, stakes, forklifts, trucks, people power and lots of chairs to set up for Commencement on the Green.