February 2, 2021
This morning, President Hanlon provided an update on current thinking and plans for Dartmouth Commencement. I am writing to reiterate some of President Hanlon’s message – and to also share our current thinking and plans for Tuck Investiture.
Dartmouth Commencement is a ceremony to celebrate all graduating Dartmouth students: undergraduates, professional-school students, and graduate students alike. This morning, President Hanlon shared the College’s intention to hold this Commencement celebration sometime the week of June 6th, in person for all graduates – but without any guests in attendance, and with health precautions including COVID testing, masking, and social distancing. This ceremony would then be streamed for family and friends. Final decisions for this celebration and related activities, including the precise date on which it will occur, will be made by the end of March. Decisions will be based on the latest public health data and guidelines concerning public gatherings.
We at Tuck have long celebrated the culmination of our two-year MBA education with a milestone known as Investiture. Our Investiture ceremony is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 12. Our aspiration for Investiture 2021 is also an in-person celebration for you students. At this point, we do not expect that guests will be allowed to attend Investiture in person. I acknowledge that the idea of a student-only event creates a disparity between how we at Tuck how long felt—that Tuck Partners, Tiny Tuckies, Tuck Parents, family and friends are a part of our community—and the realities of Dartmouth and state guidance regarding visitors, travel, and other health precautions. There remain many details and logistics to sort out, and we will be mindful of creating other avenues for loved ones to participate and celebrate with us.
We are in the very early stages of Investiture planning, and we will be looking to partner with T’21s in creating this special Tuck celebration. Together we can come up with an Investiture event that meets the public-health challenges of our time while also recognizing the great accomplishments of our newest class of wise, decisive leaders with all due pomp and circumstance.
We will continue to share developments about Investiture planning as public-health considerations evolve throughout the winter and spring, and we will keep you updated as decisions are made.
Thanks very much for your continued creative resolve to work together to make the best out of unprecedented circumstances.
Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.