Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 11

Senior Week begins. For information and updates about Senior Week activities call the Office for Campus Life at (617) 627-3212.

Thursday, May 15

          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 here.

Friday, May 16

Spring Design Show, Balch Arena Theater, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  A display of faculty and student theatrical design.

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Exhibits:  Seeing Glacial Time:  Climate Change in the Arctic; Museum Studies Certificate Program exhibition:  The Camera’s Coast Remix.

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, Cohen Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.  For more information, call (617) 627-3233.

Shabbat Evening Services (Reform and Conservative), and Dinner, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 6 p.m. Dinner ($18, $8 for children under 10) at 7:30 p.m.  Please click here to register for this event. For more information, call (617) 627-3242.

Saturday, May 17

Shabbat Morning Service (Conservative), followed by Kiddush, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 10 a.m. For more information, call (617) 627-3242.

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Exhibits:  Seeing Glacial Time:  Climate Change in the Arctic; Museum Studies Certificate Program exhibition:  The Camera’s Coast Remix.

Spring Design Show, Balch Arena Theater, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  A display of faculty and student theatrical design.

Tour of Goddard Chapel, Goddard Chapel, 11 a.m.

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, please call (617) 627-4525.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Goddard Chapel, 1:00 p.m.

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave., 1:00 p.m.  Gallery walk-through tour open to students and their families.

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 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 members 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 Mass for Graduates, Alumni, Families: Goddard Chapel, 5:30 p.m. Please join us for liturgy as we send forth our graduates and welcome home alumni and families.  All are welcome and, as always, come as you are.  Followed by a reception with light refreshments.  For more information, please contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper at Lynn.Cooper@tufts.edu.

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 2014. 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 18

Commencement Day

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. (approximately) Commencement program begins.

11 a.m. (approximately) Recessional. (End of Phase I of Commencement ceremony.)

11:30 a.m. (approximately) Phase II ceremonies begin for individual schools, colleges, and departments. Phase II ceremonies, including luncheons, end at approximately 3 p.m.

Phase II Ceremonies:

For Phase II ceremonies, please see the appropriate school commencement site: