2024 Investiture

Dartmouth Engineering's 2024 Investiture ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 8, with the processional beginning at 9:15am ET, at the West End Circle in front of the Irving Institute. Investiture is held the day before Dartmouth Commencement and honors graduating BE, MEng, MEM, MS, and PhD students with the presentation of academic hoods, caps, and awards.

Livestream Recording

A livestream of the ceremony will be available on June 8. More information TBA.

Investiture Program

Dean Alexis Abramson leads the faculty processional in dark blue regalia
Dean Alexis Abramson (Photo by Mark Washburn)


Graduates and faculty are escorted by selected faculty and student marshals (TBA).



Award recipients are recognized.

Student Awards: (award descriptions)

  • Faculty Award for Academic Excellence
  • Dartmouth Society of Engineers Prize
  • Charles F. and Ruth D. Goodrich Prize
  • Corporate Collaboration Council Engineering Management Prize
  • Caroline Henderson Prize
  • John C. Woodhouse Engineering Design Prize
  • John C. Woodhouse Environmental Engineering Prize
  • Brieanna S. Weinstein Engineering Design Prize
  • John W. Strohbehn, PhD, Memorial Prize
  • Dartmouth Engineering Prize for Graduate Research Excellence
  • Don Stayner Th'16 Changemaker Award
  • Dean's Service Award

Faculty, Staff, and Community Awards: (award descriptions)

  • Outstanding Service Award for Staff
  • Outstanding Service Award for Faculty
  • Thayer Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Thayer Distinguished Research Award for Faculty
  • Woodhouse Excellence in Teaching Award

Student Address

Student speaker TBA.

Investiture hooding ceremony
(Photo by Mark Washburn)

Robert Fletcher Award

The Robert Fletcher Award recognizes distinguished achievement and service in the highest tradition of Thayer. The award is named in honor of Robert Fletcher, who was appointed by founder Sylvanus Thayer as the School's first dean and professor of engineering.

Keynote Address

The Robert Fletcher Award recipient (TBA) delivers the keynote address.

Conferring of Hoods

Faculty advisors in attendance confer hoods to their respective PhD candidates.

Closing Remarks


Graduates and faculty recess and gather in the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center (ECSC) for a class photo.


Reception immediately follows on the patio outside the Class of 1982 ECSC.

Directions & Parking

Free parking will be available on Saturday for Investiture guests at the Emily and Errik Anderson Parking Garage, located under the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center (15 Thayer Drive in Hanover), with overflow parking available in the nearby Channing Cox lot. See directions to Thayer for more info.

What To Wear

The ceremony takes place outdoors, rain or shine. Hanover weather can vary widely in mid-June. Please dress accordingly and bring hats, sunscreen, jackets, or rain gear as needed. Shoes with low or flat heels are recommended due to the soft ground.

Photos & Video

Photos by our photographer will be available for free to download from Thayer's Flickr album, in the week following the ceremony. The video will be posted on Thayer's YouTube channel.

Each graduate also has the opportunity to purchase their photo with the dean through GradImages. Graduates, please check your email and mail for more information about how to purchase these photos.

West End Circle

The West End Circle is at the end of Tuck Mall, in front of Thayer's Cummings Hall and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

Campus Maps

Investiture Archive

Access information, photos, and videos from previous Investiture ceremonies.