“Round the Girdled Earth...”
Alumni frequently maintain and build connections with each other and with current Dartmouth students, years after their Commencement. They bond over shared interests, shared experiences, and shared identities. Today, the College’s Office of Alumni Relations supports many kinds of alumni organizations, including classes, regional clubs, affiliated and shared interest groups, and the Women of Dartmouth. Alumni also contribute directly to the College through serving as admissions interviewers, Alumni Council representatives, and task force and committee members.
College President John Sloan Dickey ’29 regularly concluded his Commencement addresses with the promise, “And now the word is ‘so long,’ because in the Dartmouth fellowship there is no parting.” Though this is true for many, interaction with other alumni and interaction with the College are personal decisions that may change over time.
“You can choose your comfort level of being engaged. And mine has gone up and down. And it’s back up again, because at this stage in my life, I look at it and think: Okay, now it’s time for you to give back. Now it’s time for you to be a mentor.” – Oral history interview with Eileen Cave ’76