Sunday, May 12
Senior Week begins. For information and updates about Senior Week activities call the Office for Campus Life at (617) 627-3212.
Thursday, May 16
Tufts Night at Pops Boston Pops Concert, Symphony Hall, Boston, 8 p.m. Reservation forms for this event, sponsored by the Tufts University Alumni Association, will be mailed to all graduating seniors and their families in mid-March. For more information, go to the ticket reservation site.
Friday, May 17
Muslim Service Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 1:00 p.m. For more information, call the University Chaplain’s Office at (617) 627-3427.
Community Health Program Senior Event, 3:00 p.m., Cohen Auditorium. For more information, call (617) 627-3233.
Shabbat Evening Services(Reform and Conservative), Granoff Family Hillel Center, 6 p.m. Dinner ($18, $8 for children under 10) at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the front desk of the Hillel Center. Please call (617) 627-3242 for more information.
Saturday, May 18
Shabbat Morning Service (Conservative), followed by Kiddush, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 10 a.m. For more information, call (617) 627-3242.
Graduation Recital Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, noon. Senior music majors, minors and longtime ensemble members give one last performance before graduating from Tufts. Free and open to the public. For information, call (617) 627-3564.
School of Engineering Ph.D. Hooding, the tent at Bromfield Pearson, 11:30 a.m.. Light reception to follow. For information, call (617) 627-4525.
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Goddard Chapel, 1:30 p.m.
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony, Cohen Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.. The university is pleased to present a hood to doctor of philosophy candidates who attend either the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony or Commencement. The hood should be carried on the left arm to the stage, where the hooding ceremony will be performed. At Commencement, the hood should be worn. Further information concerning these arrangements will be provided in a letter from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Baccalaureate Service, Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center, 3:00 p.m. The traditional baccalaureate service, which honors graduating seniors at Tufts, began in 1865. “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 and friends are invited to attend. The 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.
Seniors should align for the processional for the Baccalaureate Service at 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center.
Catholic/Protestant Ecumenical Service, Goddard Chapel, 5:30 p.m. For more information call Goddard Chapel at 617-627-3427.
Candlelight Procession Up the Hill Starting at the Mayer Campus Center patio, 10:45 p.m.
Top of the Hill Tribute/Illumination Ceremony Goddard Chapel terrace, 11 p.m. Ceremonial welcome to Tufts’ newest alumni, the Class of 2008. Call the Office of Alumni Relations (617) 627-3526 for information about this event and other Alumni Weekend activities, or visit the Alumni Relations web site at www.tufts.edu/alumni
Sunday, May 19
Phase I Ceremony takes place on The Green, between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall.
8:30 a.m. Degree candidates should assemble in the appropriate locations according to their alignment areas . Marshals will be available to assist you.
8:45 a.m. The Goddard Chapel bells will begin ringing. This will be your last warning that the Academic Procession will begin promptly at 9 a.m. when the bells stop ringing.
9 a.m. Phase I, all-university Academic Procession begins.
9:30 a.m. Commencement program begins.
11 a.m. Recessional. (End of Phase I of Commencement ceremony.)
11:30 a.m. Phase II degree presentation ceremonies begin for individual schools, colleges, and departments. Phase II ceremonies, including luncheons, end at approximately 3 p.m.