Commencement Notes for the Dartmouth Class of 2015


Setting up for Commencement: More than 12,000 attendees are expected.(Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Here is Dartmouth’s 2015 Commencement by the numbers: from the awarding of more than 1,800 degrees to the expected attendance of 12,000.

Degrees Awarded:

Where seniors come from:

Undergraduate members of the Class of 2015 hail from 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and military installations. The most-represented states are New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. International students come from 32 countries. The most represented are Canada, the Republic of Korea, and the People’s Republic of China.

Most popular majors for the Class of 2015:

The most popular majors are economics, government, history, psychology, biology, neuroscience, and engineering sciences.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians:

The valedictorians are: Catherine Baker of Farmington, Conn.; David Bessel of Staten Island, N.Y.; Abhishek Parajuli of Kathmandu, Nepal; and Talia Shoshany of New York, N.Y. Baker was selected by the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver the valedictory to the College at the ceremony.

The salutatorians are: William Athol of Edgeworth, Pa.; Hayley Bacon of Greenland, N.H.; Meili Eubank of San Diego, Calif.; Sarah Hammer of Villanova, Penn.; Julia Salinaro of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Marina Shkuratov of Westwood, Mass.; Danielle Smith of Bowdoin, Maine; and Frank Zhang of Cherry Hill, N.J.

Phi Beta Kappa:

The Alpha of New Hampshire Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College inducted 102 undergraduates as new members on June 6. The chapter inducted as an honorary member John Carey, the John Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences. Kenneth Lieberthal ’65, a senior fellow in foreign policy and global economy and development at the Brookings Institution, was inducted as an alumni member. 

Joseph Blumberg