Schedule of Events

The 2019 Tuck Investiture ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Below is the schedule of events from the 2018 ceremony. Details for 2019 will be posted when available.

2018 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.


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 of Business at Dartmouth, where in addition he is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; a member of the academic advisory board of the International Tax Policy Forum; and an academic advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute. Read more.

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. Read the keynote address.

Conferring of the Hoods

Praveen K. KopallePraveen K. Kopalle

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

Praveen Kopalle is Associate Dean for the MBA Program, Signal Companies’ Professor of Management, Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.  Praveen received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and B.E. from Osmania University.  Professor Kopalle’s teaching and research interests are in Marketing, Statistics, Pricing, new products/innovation, promotions, customer expectations, and e-commerce. 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 Advisors

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 Tuck Distinguished Achievement Medal

Presented by: Matthew J. Slaughter
Recipient: 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

Samuel M. Goldhar T'18Samuel M. Goldhar T'18

Class President

Sam grew up in Chicago and moved to Boston for college at Tufts University. After working for the Massachusetts State Legislature and later as a consultant at PwC, Sam came to Tuck with the goal to experience the best our school has to offer. In return, Sam’s goals at Tuck included making a contribution to both the institution and our community. He found those opportunities in serving as the T’18 Class President, among his other activities playing hockey with his peers and guitar in the student rock band. After graduation, Sam will be returning to Chicago with his wife Emily where he is excited to help add to the Chicago-based network of Tuck alumni.


Student Speaker

David L. Dauphinais T’18David L. Dauphinais T’18

MBA Student

Dave hails from Mystic, CT and is a 2005 graduate of Boston College. Upon graduation from BC, Dave was commissioned in the Navy and entered training to become a SEAL. He completed SEAL training, known as BUD/S, in 2006 and then served as a Navy SEAL for ten years before coming to Tuck. Dave deployed five times throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Africa holding leadership positions within Special Operations. In conjunction with his degree at Tuck, Dave recently received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is joined at graduation by his wife Marica and their two children, Claire (3 years) and Marko (3 months). At any given time, Dave can be found at various playgrounds throughout the Upper Valley.

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

Colin C. Blaydon