The ceremony will be in the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center at 3:00p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and lasts about one hour. There are no tickets necessary for admission.

Seniors should align for the processional for the Baccalaureate Service at 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center.


The Baccalaureate Service for the senior class at Tufts is a tradition that began in 1864.  Baccalaureate is a cherished moment during Commencement Weekend, and the last time for the senior class to be alone together as a class.  One senior is selected to give the class speech, called the Wendell Phillips Address, and the president offers his parting words to the class.  The context is a multifaith and multicultural celebration honoring a diversity of spiritualities, philosophies, and cultures at Tufts in the form of music, readings, and benedictions.  All are welcome, and generally all members of the senior class and their families attend. For more information, please visit the University Chaplaincy website.