Social Media Captures Commencement Journey: #Dartmouth14

6/13/2014
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Grad selfies, posts about Shonda Rhimes ’91 and her Commencement Address, photos of glowing grads with friends and family: social media has been buzzing with updates on the 2014 Dartmouth Commencement, which was held on a beautiful June 8 morning. Dartmouth followed all the Commencement happenings with the hashtag #Dartmouth14.

Here are some of our favorite posts:

Shonda Rhimes ’91 kept us up-to-date on her moments leading up to her address to the Class of 2014.

Landing in New Hampshire!!! #dartmouth14— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 7, 2014
The view from the podium -- TelePrompTer check! @dartmouth pic.twitter.com/MRqSJo51AK — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 7, 2014

The valedictorian (one of five!) killing it on her speech! @dartmouth #Dartmouth14 pic.twitter.com/bLtsNSj3RB — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 8, 2014
Some of the many awesome women of @dartmouth! #Dartmouth14 pic.twitter.com/PixBXdbdrh — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 8, 2014

  And then revealed what she was up to after the ceremony was over.

Post-commencement speech joy because we are having @EBAsHanover! Thank you 4 hotel room delivery !! You rock! #dartmouth14 #delicious — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 8, 2014

It has become a Commencement tradition for programs and copies of Dartmouth Life to be transformed into sun hats, and a couple of social media users picked up on the trend.

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  It seems that at every Commencement, students push the envelope for the most creative graduation cap art. So many great grad selfies. There were about 13,500 people at the 2014 Commencement.   A little tough love from one Twitter user.

Too hot to cry you need to stay hydrated #Dartmouth14 — Ashley Elliott (@xoAshleyCee) June 8, 2014

These two grads jumped on the opportunity to have their 15 minutes—or three seconds—of fame.

Shamelessly just made the film crew put us on the jumbotron and I ain’t even mad @ikatie_31 #Dartmouth14

— Meg♡ (@meggyp_123) June 8, 2014

  These soon to-be-married grads shared a kiss following Commencement:   In general, excitement was at an all-time high.

i graduated from @dartmouth on sunday! thx to all who have supported, challenged & inspired me along the way pic.twitter.com/uAfOGr1ujj — A. Lea Roth (@LeaRoth13) June 11, 2014

And let’s not forget about the family members who traveled from near and far to see their graduates.

A newly minted grad says a sad goodbye to Hanover the day after Commencement.

Social media users all over the country praised Shonda Rhimes’ speech, including Kerry Washington from Scandal. Yes, you heard right.

@dartmouth: We can’t get over how amazing @shondarhimes’ speech was today! #Dartmouth14 pic.twitter.com/F8ekJ4fldq” YES! AGREED!

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 9, 2014

  Overall, Dartmouth couldn’t be prouder of the Class of 2014 graduates and knows they are destined—or already heading for—great things. //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //--> //-->Check out the photo slideshow, videos, stories, and speeches from the June 8 Commencement ceremonies.
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justine Kohr