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 2017 Speaker

Kenya BarrisAward-winning television writer, creator, director, showrunner, executive producer, and feature film screenwriter Kenya Barris will deliver the commencement address to the Tufts University Class of 2017 on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Barris will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on The Green on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus.

The Emmy-nominated Barris is best known as the creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of the hit ABC television series “Black-ish,” which is critically-acclaimed for its ability to tackle challenging and provocative topics in thoughtful, funny and entertaining ways.

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Honorary Degree Recipients

Kenya Barris

Bruce J. Baum

Sean B. Carroll

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Joyce Cummings

Jean McGuire

Joseph W. Polisi