COVID-19 Information

Follow-up: Thayer Investiture and Guest Policies

From: Dean Alexis Abramson
Date: May 7, 2021

Dear Thayer community,

I wanted to write with a follow-up to Dartmouth's announcement regarding guests for this year's graduation ceremonies with information about Thayer School of Engineering’s Investiture on Saturday, June 12. With the warmer weather ahead and with more members of our community safely vaccinated, I know that I am not alone in looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates, together with guests, at Memorial Field in June.

All engineering graduates for the BE (including those earning their AB and BE this June), MEM, MEng, MS, and PhD attending the ceremony in-person may invite up to two guests to Thayer’s Investiture on June 12.

All engineering graduates may also attend Dartmouth Commencement on Sunday, June 13. However due to capacity constraints, only AB and BE graduates may invite up to two guests to the commencement ceremony. MEM, MEng, MS, and PhD candidates are invited to march but cannot invite guests to Commencement. These arrangements prescribe that each graduate has the opportunity to bring invited guests to only one ceremony, with the exception of our BE fifth years. Given they missed out on an in-person commencement last year, they have the benefit of bringing guests to both ceremonies.

Graduates interested in inviting guests will be able to secure tickets online, starting May 24, using their NETID and password. All guests must have tickets, and tickets are non-transferable. Please be advised that all graduates and guests must follow all health, safety, and travel protocols before attending and during any on-campus events.

We also understand that not every graduate or their family will be able to attend in person. This year, both Investiture and Commencement will be streamed live and more information will be available by early June.

Graduates should be on the lookout for emails from the Thayer Dean’s Office and Office of Academic and Student Affairs with additional details and requests for information in the coming weeks. It is important that you respond, even if you do not plan to attend the ceremony in person.

Continue to visit Thayer’s Investiture page and Dartmouth’s Commencement website for the most up-to-date information, including the program, livestream details, and other information.

Please remember, as always, to continue to prioritize the health and safety of ourselves and our community and take care of one another. I look forward to seeing many of you at Investiture in June!


Thayer School of Engineering Dean's Office
Alexis R. Abramson, Dean & Professor