Dartmouth College names Khan Academy founder as speaker at online graduation ceremony

Staff report
Published: 5/22/2020 9:17:52 PM
Modified: 5/22/2020 9:17:39 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College officials have already said graduation will be held online next month because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week they said the speaker will be an expert in online education.

Salman Khan, whose nonprofit Khan Academy offers “self-paced, interactive” instructional content online to millions of people, will speak at the virtual Dartmouth ceremony on June 14, according to an announcement Thursday on the college’s website.

Khan had already been invited to the ceremony before the outbreak, and he spoke at Dartmouth in 2012 about higher education efforts. Dartmouth said Khan Academy today serves more than 20 million learners a month across the globe, in more than 40 languages.

Also slated to speak at the graduation are Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon, and the Dartmouth College Glee Club and Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble will perform.

A video played during the ceremony will include the names and photos of the graduating Class of 2020, who will receive their diplomas by mail. Dartmouth also is planning an in-person “special commencement event” for them in June 2021 if they want to return to campus.

The June 14 graduation ceremony next month will be held at noon and can be viewed at dartmouth.edu/commence/2020/virtual_ceremony.html.

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