2017 Class Day & Commencement Weekend

We will be updating this site regularly as information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Hoisington at (603) 650-1509 (office) or via email at:

Important Dates:

Tuesday, May 30th
6pm - AOA Dinner, DOC House

Wednesday, May 31st
10am to 1pm - Student Regalia pick up (location TBD)

Thursday, June 1st
10am to 1pm - Individual Photos (location TBD)
12pm - Humanism in Medicine Honor Society Induction (DHMC – Auditoriums E&F)
5:30pm - Faculty Farewell Remarks
Faculty Speakers: - TBA

Friday, June 2nd
9:00am - MD Student Rehearsal
4pm - Awards Ceremony, Spaulding Auditorium
     Reception immediately following

Saturday, June 3rd
8am - Class Photo, Location TBD
9am - Class Day Processional Begins

Keynote speaker: Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which he co-founded and led for 18 years. From July, 2010, to December, 2011, he served as President Obama’s appointee as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. His numerous awards include the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research and the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy. In 2005, he was appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. He has authored or co-authored over 160 scientific articles and six books.

Coffee & pastries will be served from 7 - 8:45 am the morning of Class Day. If you plan to celebrate with family and friends following the Class Day ceremony, please remember to make your lunch and dinner reservations at downtown Hanover restaurants ahead of time.

Sunday, June 11th
9am - Commencement Ceremony, The College Green


Assembly & Marching Information for Faculty/Administrators

Saturday, June 3rd – Geisel's Class Day Ceremony
8am - Meet & Greet with the Geisel Class Day Speaker
Light breakfast served
8:30am - Robing and Line Up

Sunday, June 11th - Commencement
8:35am - Robing and Line Up, Front entrance of Hopkins Center
9:30am - Processional Begins


Faculty Regalia

Please contact Conferences and Events at to order and for additional information regarding regalia.


If your family intends to stay in local hotels/motels, we advise making reservations now; Visit Graduation Week Lodging Guide.

Special Requests (Deadline: May 12)

Hearing enhancement equipment and special seating arrangements for students and guests with mobility limitations are available for the Class Day and the Commencement ceremonies. For reservations, further information, or if any other access related arrangements are required, please contact Tina Hoisington at (603) 650-1509 or at

View Class Day Archives

Future Class Day Dates (Geisel Only)
June 2, 2018

Future Commencement Dates (All of Dartmouth)
June 10, 2018
June 9, 2019
June 14, 2020