Some of Dartmouth’s most beloved landmarks and iconic buildings can be seen in photographs taken during commencement celebrations from the late 19th century and into the 20th century.
1892. Graduates gather on East Wheelock Road with the marching band. Wilson Hall can be seen on the far left; Bissell Hall, a gymnasium, is the building in the center. Area photographer Howard H. Langill’s studio is in the foreground.
Circa 1887. Spectators and graduates listen to class day speeches at the newly constructed Bema.
1894. A commencement scene in front of Dartmouth Hall. Rollins Chapel can be seen in the background.
1895. Crowds congregate on the Green on class day.
Early 1900s. A crowd assembles outside College Hall, constructed in 1902, on class day. The building, known today as Collis Center, replaced the A.P. Balch Mansion, which burned down in 1900.
1895. Graduates encircle the Old Pine after the completion of class day exercises in the Bema. Shattuck Observatory can be seen in the background.
1903. Graduates march to the Bema. Shattuck Observatory and Bartlett Tower can be seen in the background.
Circa 1907. Commencement onlookers follow graduates returning from the Bema toward the newly rebuilt Dartmouth Hall. North Fayerweather, seen to the left, was completed in 1907.