Commencement Notes for the Dartmouth Class of 2016

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More than 1,800 degrees are conferred at Dartmouth’s Class of 2016 Commencement.

Geisel Graduate Students
Dartmouth’s 2016 commencement ceremony took place on Sunday, June 12. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00) 

Here is Dartmouth’s 2016 commencement by the numbers: from the awarding of more than 1,800 degrees to the expected attendance of 11,500.

Degrees Awarded:

  • Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate: 1,078 Bachelor of Arts
  • Arts and Sciences, Graduate: 265 total; 114 Master of Science, 22 Master of Arts, 42 Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, 87 Doctor of Philosophy
  • Geisel School of Medicine: 85 Doctor of Medicine, 43 Master of Public Health
  • Thayer School of Engineering: 83 Bachelor of Engineering, 37 Master of Engineering Management, 1 Master of Engineering, 8 Master of Science (Engineering Sciences), 14 Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering Sciences)
  • Tuck School of Business: 275 Master of Business Administration
  • Total degrees awarded: 1,867
  • Estimated size of audience: 11,500

Where seniors come from:

Undergraduate members of the Class of 2016 hail from 48 states and the District of Columbia. The most-represented states are New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. International students come from 31 countries. The most represented are Canada, the Republic of Korea, and India.

Most popular majors for the Class of 2016:

The most popular majors are economics, government, engineering sciences, history, and computer science.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians:

The valedictorians are: Michael Dettmer ’16 of Fort Worth, Tex., Robert Klingenberger ’16 of Hinsdale, Ill., Christopher Leech ’16 of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ke Li ’16 of Beijing, China, Robert Scales ’16 of Hinsdale, Ill., Jonathan Vandermause ’16 of Green Bay, Wisc., Sarah Waltcher ’16 of New York City, and Bingyue Wang ’16 of Wuhan, China.

Vandermause 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: Stephanie Alden ’16, Claire Beskin ’16, Michael Blank ’16, Gina D’Andrea-Penna ’16, Mary Decker ’16, Axel Hufford ’16, Alexander Liao ’16

Phi Beta Kappa:

The Alpha of New Hampshire Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College inducted 88 undergraduates as new members in ceremonies held Saturday. The chapter also inducted as an honorary member Randall Balmer (in absentia). Balmer is the John Phillips Professor in Religion, religion department chair, and director of the Society of Fellows. 

Nelson Lichtenstein ’66 was inducted as an alumni member. He is the MacArthur Foundation Chair of History and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lichtenstein made brief remarks to those assembled.

The chapter also honored the 22 undergraduates inducted in November.

Joseph Blumberg