Graduate Studies Holds Its First Investiture Ceremony

This year’s Investiture Ceremony, at 3 p.m. on June 13, will be the first in the history of the Office of Graduate Studies.

“Over the years graduate students have expressed an interest in a ceremony that celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the Dartmouth graduate community,” says F. Jon Kull, dean of Graduate Studies and the Rodgers Professor of Chemistry. “The implementation of the Investiture Ceremony offers students just that, as well as opportunities not available at Commencement such as hooding by advisers and the receipt of graduate-specific awards. We are very excited about this new occasion to come together as a community.”

PhD students show off their diplomas during the 2014 Commencement ceremony. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Invited to participate in the ceremony are 330 graduate students, including 85 recipients of PhD awards (including 12 from Thayer School of Engineering), 99 recipients of a Master of Science (including eight from Thayer), 42 recipients of a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, 13 recipients of a Master of Arts, in addition to 40 recipients of a Master of Public Health from the Geisel School of Medicine and 51 recipients of a Master of Engineering Management from Thayer.

The graduating class of 2015 represents 27 countries, including the United States, Tanzania, Uruguay, and India.

Kull will lead the ceremony. Also in attendance will be Provost Carolyn Dever, members of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees, and faculty from the graduate programs.

The Investiture Ceremony will take place outside at the BEMA near North Park, with a rain location in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. (In the event of rain, please note the later 4 p.m. start time.)

After the ceremony, a reception will take place on Baker Lawn, where graduates, their families, and their friends can mingle and celebrate with professors and program administrators. View the full schedule of Commencement events here.

The Graduate Studies Investiture will not replace the College Commencement Ceremony, which will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14, on the Green.

Since awarding its first graduate degree in 1885, Dartmouth has been training future leaders and supporting the creation of new knowledge through graduate education. Today, the Graduate Studies office oversees more than 1,000 students across 22 master’s and doctoral programs.