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Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm | Gantcher Center

  • President Monaco's farewell to the Class of 2018

  • Wendell Phillips Student Speaker

  • Music and inspirational words by members of the class

All seniors and families attend, no tickets necessary.

Seniors, please arrive in cap and gown by 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Center.

The Wendell Phillips Speaker for the Class of 2018

The Wendell Phillips Speaker is the senior class speaker, who offers an inspiring message from and for the graduating class during the Baccalaureate Service, this year on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3 pm in the Gantcher Center. The Wendell Phillips Award was established in 1896 to honor of Boston’s great orator and abolitionist Wendell Phillips, and it is awarded annually by the faculty and student Committee on Student Life (CSL) to a senior who has demonstrated both marked ability as a speaker and a high sense of public responsibility. 

Anna Del Castillo A18 is a Peruvian-Bolivian-American student from the warm state of Mississippi. She enjoys southern food, live music, and spontaneous adventures with friends. Anna is an International Relations major with a minor in Colonialism studies. She is a member of the Sigma Iota Rho International Relations Honor Society, an Institute for Global Leadership Synaptic Scholar, and a BLAST Scholar. During her time at Tufts, she served as a class senator for four years and during her senior year served as the Tufts Community Union Vice President. She organized for the Tufts Indigenous Peoples Day movement and served as a Career Fellow and Interfaith Student Council member. Anna led the Tufts Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere team and represented Tufts as a Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative Fellow. Anna will attend Harvard Divinity School in the Fall to pursue a Masters in Theological Studies as a Dean’s Fellow where she will continue to cultivate herself and explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice. 

The Wendell Phillips Speaker for the Class of 2018 was selected in March 2018. For more information about this award, please click here

A Tufts Tradition

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.