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Commencement 2018 | May 20, 2018

Phase I Ceremony

(Sunday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

The All-University Commencement ceremony in which all Tufts schools participate. 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. (Maps and Parking)
Tickets not required.

Please note that a link to the Phase I Commencement ceremony live webcast (with closed captioning) will be available here beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.

Phase II Ceremony

Phase II of Commencement at Tufts consists of individual degree ceremonies and luncheons. Immediately following the Phase I All-University Commencement (Sunday, May 20), 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 note that the ceremony for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine will take place in Grafton at 3:00 p.m., and the ceremony for SMFA will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at 6:00 p.m.  Please see links to the right to Phase II information for each school. (Maps and Parking)
Tickets not required (except for the SMFA ceremony).

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

Commencement 2018 Speaker

Ellen J. Kullman

Former DuPont CEO Ellen J. Kullman, a Tufts alumna, returned to campus to deliver the commencement address to the Tufts University Class of 2018 on Sunday, May 20. Kullman received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on The Green on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus.

Kullman is best-known as the retired CEO and chair of the board of DuPont, now DowDuPont, Inc., the world's largest chemical company. Appointed in 2009, Kullman served as the first female CEO in the company's over 200-year history. Fortune Magazine named her one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" in 2012, and she ranked 31st on Forbes Magazine's list of "100 Most Powerful Women" in 2014.

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Additional Information

2018 Honorary Degree Recipients

José Andrés

Ashton “Ash” Carter

Ellen J. Kullman, E78, A12P

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Arturo O’Farrill

Farah Pandith, F95