Dragon Society

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The Dragon Society or Society of Dragons is a secret society of senior men at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States.[1] [2] The group's membership and organizational structure are unknown, with notable exceptions. Dragon has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1898.


Because it is a secret society, little verifiable information is available about its activities. [3] Rumors abound.

Rumors surrounding the Dragon Society include the claims that the society owns an estate somewhere in Quebec, and that annual initiation rites involve a wilderness vision quest and mock sacrifice based on a supposed ancient tradition of Welsh Druids.

Dartmouth legend has it that the ghost of a man named "Q" still haunts Dragon.


Dragon is generally considered the most secret of Dartmouth's secret societies.[4]

Selection and Traditions[edit]

Membership consists of a small number of senior men who are selected during their junior year in a school-wide selection process known as "tapping." Every winter and spring, juniors are tapped for the senior societies through a process semi-coordinated through the College. Members are thought to be leaders of Dartmouth's athletic teams and fraternities. Taps are voted on by the membership.

Members do not carry identifying canes at commencement, nor do they identify themselves in Dartmouth's yearbook, The Aegis. Members of Dartmouth's other secret societies identify themselves in either or both ways.[5]


Despite the secrecy that surrounds the society, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees website lists Trustee Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, as a member. Mr Immelt has not removed the assertion.[6] Paul Killibrew continued to list his membership in Dragon as of August 2015 on his LinkedIn page[7] Digger Donahue's membership in Dragon was revealed by the alumni news when he won his 2014-2015 Dartmouth Alumni Award for his extensive service to Dartmouth as an alumni volunteer.[8]

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