President Kim Bids Farewell as Dartmouth Graduates 1,800 Students

Dartmouth Now

June 10, 2012

By Susan J. Boutwell

Nearly 1,800 newly minted graduates and President Jim Yong Kim bid farewell to Dartmouth at Commencement exercises on June 10, 2012.

Kim, who leaves Dartmouth after three years to become president of the World Bank on July 1, one last time implored students—as he often has—to take on the world’s troubles.

“Courage to tackle the most difficult problems and venture into uncharted territory is critical for any institution, and it’s also critical for you. In so many institutions, fear and mediocrity track along the same well-worn paths. Avoid those paths at all cost,” he said...

...Dartmouth awarded bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from its undergraduate and graduate arts and sciences programs, Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

The Commencement ceremony capped a weekend of festivities on campus that included the Baccalaureate multifaith service for graduates and their guests on Saturday, featuring an address by the Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, and a speech at the Geisel School of Medicine by Paul Farmer, the physician who, along with Kim, founded the global health nonprofit Partners In Health.

Also this weekend, honorary degree recipient Roth spoke at the Tuck School of Business Investiture Ceremony. And University of Texas engineering Professor Robert Metcalfe spoke to graduates from Thayer School of Engineering.

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