2023 Investiture

Dartmouth Engineering's 2023 Investiture ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 10, with the processional beginning at 9:15am. The ceremony will take place at the West End Circle, located near Cummings Hall and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Investiture is held the day before Dartmouth Commencement and honors graduating BE, MEM, MEng, MS, and PhD students through the presentation of academic hoods, caps, and awards.


A livestream of the ceremony will be available on June 10, 2023. More information will be available closer to the event.

Pre-Ceremony Prep

Pre-ordered academic regalia must be picked up on either Thursday, June 8 or Friday, June 9, between 9:00am–4:00pm, in the Paganucci Lounge of 53 Commons.

Processional participants must arrive at their meeting locations by 8:15am on June 10.

  • Faculty meet in the Great Hall of Cummings Hall.
  • Students meet in the lobby of the Irving Institute.

Questions? Email registrar@thayer.dartmouth.edu

Academic Regalia

Information about ordering regalia is emailed to graduating students from the Thayer Registrar. Don't delay and pay close attention to the deadlines!

Questions? Email registrar@thayer.dartmouth.edu

BE, MEng, MEM, and MS Students

BE students also receiving AB degrees from Dartmouth only need to order one set of regalia. The Thayer set does not contain the souvenir tassel. Hoods will be ordered by Thayer and distributed at Investiture.

Order BE/MEM/MEng/MS caps and gowns

PhD Students

PhD students may choose to either rent their regalia through Thayer or purchase custom regalia through Guarini. While hoods will be distributed by Thayer at Investiture, students must order a hood as part of your rental or custom regalia purchase package. Tam sizing is measured in inches and done one inch above the ears.

Doctoral regalia rentals need to be returned to the Guarini School office (1st floor of Anonymous Hall) on Saturday, June 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm or Sunday, June 11, 12pm-2pm.

Rent PhD regalia through Thayer

Order custom PhD regalia through Guarini

Investiture Program

Professor Jifeng Liu smiles as he walks with other faculty in procession
Professor Jifeng Liu. (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Processional (9:15am)

Graduates and faculty will be led into the ceremony by faculty and student marshals (to be announced).


Recognition of Award Recipients

Student Awards: (see 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:

  • 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 to be announced.

Associate Dean Van Citters places a hood on a smiling happy student decorated with the LatinX and ShPE sashes.
Photo by Mark Washburn

Presentation of Robert Fletcher Award

The Robert Fletcher Award recognizes distinguished achievement and service in the highest tradition of the School. 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

Robert Fletcher Award recipient (to be announced) will deliver the keynote address.

Conferring of Hoods

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

Closing Remarks


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


Reception to immediately follow on the patio outside the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center.

Photos & Video

Photos, taken by our Investiture photographer, will be available for free to download from Thayer's Flickr photostream, 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.

Housing & Dining Options

On-Campus Housing

Dartmouth makes undergraduate residence halls available for guests during Commencement weekend. Rooms are available for occupancy from 2:00pm on Friday, June 9, until 2:00pm on Sunday, June 11. The nightly rate is $62.00 per person. Please visit the Commencement Housing page for more information and complete the housing application by April 3 at 11:59pm (Eastern). Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The Upper Valley is home to a variety of hotels, inns, vacation rentals, and bed and breakfasts. Many local establishments begin taking reservations one year in advance and sell out quickly. If you choose to stay off-campus, we strongly recommend that you arrange accommodations as soon as possible.

Dining Options

Dining options, both on-campus and in the Upper Valley area, are listed on Dartmouth's Commencement site.

Outdoor Dining
Outdoor dining at the Hanover Inn.

West End Circle

West End Circle2

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

Investiture Archive

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