Since 1865, Tufts has honored its graduating seniors with a traditional service known as Baccalaureate. “Baccalaureate” technically means a sermon to a graduating class, and for most of Tufts’ history, the inspirational message has been delivered by the university president. The address is the president’s final opportunity to exhort and enlighten members of the senior class before they receive their bachelor’s degrees and leave the campus as alumni/ae. In recent years, the Baccalaureate has been an interfaith service, with all university chaplains organizing and participating in the service. Seniors participate in a processional in caps and gowns. Family members are invited to attend. The student winner of the Wendell Phillips Award will speak, and members of the senior Baccalaureate Committee and the chaplains will present readings and prayers. There are also hymns and musical offerings by soloists and instrumentalists.
The ceremony will be in the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center at 3:00p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 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.
Download the 2013 Baccalaureate program (pdf)