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Commencement--May 17, 2015


Read about Commencement 2014 at Tufts Now

Phase I (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.), in which all Tufts schools participate, is the All-University Commencement ceremony. It includes the Academic Procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, the All-University Commencement address, recognition of faculty emeriti, presentation of degree candidates by school and the granting of degrees by the Tufts University Board of Trustees. Phase I takes place on The Green, between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall. Tickets not required.

Phase II of Commencement at Tufts consists of individual degree ceremonies and luncheons. Immediately following the Phase I All-University Commencement, individual department and school ceremonies will take place. It is at these ceremonies that graduates’ names are announced and students are individually recognized. Phase II ceremonies for departments of the School of Arts and Sciences and for the School of Engineering are held in two waves: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; or 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please see links below to Phase II information for each school. Tickets not required.


2014 Commencement Photo Gallery


Phase II Ceremonies

For Phase II ceremonies, please see the appropriate school commencement site:

Future Commencement Dates

  • 2016 – May 22
  • 2017 – May 21
  • 2018 – May 20
  • 2019 – May 19

2014 Commencement Program

Tufts Night at the Pops 2015

Please note: Tufts Night at the Pops will be held on Friday, May 15, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., in Symphony Hall, Boston.

Commencement 2014 Speaker

Anne-Marie Slaughter delivered the address for Tufts University's commencement ceremony on May 18, 2014.

Slaughter is the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She served as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department from 2009-2011.

Read her commencement address.

2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

Anne-Marie Slaughter
James Lawson
Jill Lepore
Haruki Murakami
James Stern