Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 10

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

Friday, May 15

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:  Images Were Introduced:  An Exhibition of Film and Photography by Michael Nyman; Museum Studies Certificate Program exhibition–Focus:  Experiments in Photographic Interpretation; and Jumbo:  Marvel, Myth & Mascot .

Muslim Service, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 1:00 p.m. For more information, call the University Chaplain’s Office at (617) 627-3427.

Protestant Service of Thanksgiving, Goddard Chapel, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Community Health Program Senior Event, Cohen Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.  For more information, call (617) 627-3233.

Shabbat Evening Services (Reform and Conservative)  Pre-Shabbat Reception at 5:00 p.m.  Services begin at 6:00 p.m. Dinner ($18 non-students, $8 children, free for seniors) at 7:30 p.m.  Please click here to register for this event. For more information, call (617) 627-3242.

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 herePlease note: This is a new date for this event.

Humanist New Beginnings Reflection, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

Shabbat Morning Service (Conservative), followed by Kiddush lunch, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 10:00 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:   Images Were Introduced:  An Exhibition of Film and Photography by Michael Nyman; Museum Studies Certificate Program exhibition–Focus:  Experiments in Photographic Interpretation; and Jumbo: Marvel, Myth & Mascot.

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

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, 1:00 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 Baccalaureate Service for the senior class at Tufts began in 1865. Baccalaureate is an ancient custom wherein those being admitted to the degree of bachelor are honored with laurels of oration to inspire them as they cross this threshold into their lives beyond.  This service is the last time for the senior class to be alone together as a class.  One senior is selected to offer the Wendell Phillips Address, and the President offers his parting remarks to the class.  The context is a multifaith celebration honoring the heritage of spirituality and values at Tufts through a diversity of religions, philosophies, and cultures in the forms of music, readings, and blessings.  All are welcome.   For more information, please visit the University Chaplaincy website.

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 2015. 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 17

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: