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Commencement--May 22, 2016

Phase I Ceremony (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.
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Phase II Ceremonies

Phase II ceremonies follow the all-university Phase I ceremony. Please see the appropriate school commencement site:

Future Commencement Dates

  • 2017 – May 21
  • 2018 – May 20
  • 2019 – May 19
  • 2020 – May 17

2015 Commencement Program

The 2015 Commencement Program is now available to download or print.

Commencement 2015 Speaker

Madeleine Albright, who reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights and promoted American trade as well as its business, labor and environmental standards abroad while serving as the United States’ first woman secretary of state, delivered Tufts University’s commencement address on May 17, 2015.

2015 Honorary Degree Recipients

Madeleine Albright
Suzin Bartley
Joichi “Joi” Ito
Joseph Neubauer
Navanethem “Navi” Pillay
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar