Schedule of Events

The 2018 Tuck Investiture ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please see below for last year's ceremony, an updated schedule of events for 2018 will be listed on this page when available.

2018 Investiture Ceremony

Keynote Address

© Monika Flueckiger / World Economic Forum,, via Wikimedia CommonsDavid Rubenstein

Co-founder and co-executive chair, The Carlyle Group

Rubenstein co-founded The Carlyle Group in 1987. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s largest private equity firms, with $174 billion under management in 31 offices across the globe. Prior to Carlyle, Rubenstein practiced law in Washington, D.C. and New York, and also had a thriving career in government. From 1975-1976 he served as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments and later as deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Carter Administration. 

2017 Investiture Ceremony

Processional led by Tuck Marshal

Colin C. BlaydonColin C. Blaydon

William and Josephine Buchanan Professor of Management; Director Emeritus, Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship; Dean Emeritus

As director of Tuck’s Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Professor Blaydon works with real-world issues of best practices, securities and deal structure, valuation, financial reporting, and governance. He was previously the dean of Tuck, and now teaches the course Private Equity Finance. Read more.

Welcome Address

Matthew J. SlaughterMatthew J. Slaughter

The Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School; The Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business

Matthew J. Slaughter is the Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business. He is also the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Business, Government & Society. In addition, he is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a member of the advisory committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum; an academic advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute; and a newly elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more.

Keynote Address

Stacy Brown-PhilpotStacy Brown-Philpot

Chief Executive Officer, TaskRabbit

The head of TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace for short-term freelance labor and a pioneer in the sharing economy, will give this year’s Tuck Investiture address. An expert at building and scaling large, mission-minded organizations, Stacy Brown-Philpot first joined the company in 2013 as chief operating officer. With her appointment as CEO in 2016, she became one of the first women of color to ascend to the top position of a Silicon Valley firm. Brown-Philpot is focused on creating a strong culture around growth and improvement at TaskRabbit, while pushing the eight-year-old company on its path to profitability. Read more.

Conferring of the Hoods

Praveen K. KopallePraveen K. Kopalle

Associate Dean for the MBA Program; Signal Companies’ Professor of Management

Praveen Kopalle joined the Tuck School in 1996. In addition to his awards, research, and editorial accomplishments, Praveen is also a research director (Internet marketing and pricing) at the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, and a faculty associate of William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership, both at the Tuck School. He is a marketing advisor for BeVocal, Inc., based in Santa Clara, CA and is an avid cricket enthusiast and a HAM radio operator. Read more.


Christopher J. Williams T'84Christopher J. Williams T'84

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, The Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC; Chairman, Tuck Board of Overseers

Christopher Williams began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1984 and subsequently assumed senior management responsibilities in debt capital markets, over the counter derivatives, and taxable fixed income trading. After departing Lehman Brothers to form a derivatives division of Jefferies & Company, he established The Williams Capital Group, L. P. in 1994. Since 2000, Thomson Financial has consistently ranked Williams Capital among the most active underwriters of publicly traded equity and investment grade corporate debt offerings. Both Fortune magazine and Crain’s New York Business have recognized Chris Williams for his leadership in the financial services industry. Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, The Clorox Company, Ameriprise Financial and, privately held, Cox Enterprises. Mr. Williams previously served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is also Chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and serves on the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Read More.

Presentation of the Overseers' Medal

Christopher J. Williams T'84

Recognition of Tuck Scholars and Award Recipients

Praveen K. Kopalle

*Please note: a detailed list of awards can be found here.

Presentation of the Class Gift

Kiz Syed T'17Kiz Syed T’17

Class President

Kiz is an immigrant from Pakistan. He is the son of two parents who gave him their all, the brother of two siblings who gave him their worst, and the uncle of a nephew and niece to whom he hopes to give his best. He is a graduate of Boston Public Schools and after Tuck, Kiz will be entering the Leadership Development Program at Vanguard in Philadelphia. Learn more about Kiz


Student Speaker

Kiz Syed T'17Courtney Miller T’17

MBA Student

Courtney grew up in Syracuse, NY and is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. As an Army logistician, Courtney served as a platoon leader, executive officer, battalion senior logistician, and most recently a support operations officer in the third Infantry Regiment, “the Old Guard.” She has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. She enjoys running, rowing, and listening to Irish Folk Music. Learn more about Courtney.



Reading from a Letter by Mr. Edward Tuck to President William Jewett Tucker

Colin C. Blaydon