Commencement 2017 | May 21, 2017

Phase I Ceremony

(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. 
Tickets not required.

Phase II Ceremony

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 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 below to Phase II information for each school. 
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 below.

Commencement 2016 Speaker

Hank Azaria, ActorAward-winning film, television and stage actor; producer; director and comedian Hank Azaria returned to his alma mater, Tufts University, and delivered the commencement address on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Azaria received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Azaria has won five Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award with his shape-shifting vocal chords and fluid acting. He is well-known for voicing numerous characters on the Emmy-winning animated television series The Simpsons, including Moe Szyslak, Clancy Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson and many others.

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Future Commencement Dates

Honorary Degree Recipients

Hank Azaria

Sonia Manzano

H. Jack Geiger

Martin Granoff

Janet Echelman

Margot Stern Strom