Sunday, May 13

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

Tuesday, May 15

Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  May 15-17.

Thursday, May 17

Master’s Graduation Celebration, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tisch Library Roof and Patio, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  A reception to celebrate new alumni–graduates of the 2016-2017 academic year.  Questions can be emailed to Angela.Foss@tufts.edu.

Friday, May 18

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.

Cyclorama Show:  Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA at Tufts, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Muslim Friday Prayer Service and Lunch, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 1:00 p.m. Friday prayer starts at 1:15 p.m., followed by a halal buffet lunch with vegetarian options.  Open to all students and families of any or no religious background.  RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes but not required.  To RSVP, contact the Muslim Chaplain at Celene.Ibrahim@tufts.edu.

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 7:15 p.m. Reservations are available online. For more information, call (617) 627-3242.

Opening Reception for Cyclorama Show, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA at Tufts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  This dynamic group exhibition features the internationally diverse, emerging artists of the MFA class of 2017 working across disciplines including film/video, painting, performance, sculpture, and photography.  Funded in part by Moose and Eric Burch.

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 information regarding online ticket reservations, please visit the Alumni Relations website.  For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 617-627-3532.

Humanist New Beginnings Reflection, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 8:00 p.m.  This Senior Week Reflection is open to all members of the Tufts community, but especially our graduating seniors and their families, irrespective of belief background.   A reception will follow with refreshments and music.

Saturday, May 19

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.

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 Graduate Programs Ceremony, the tent at J Field, 11:00 a.m..  PhD students will be hooded by their thesis advisor and Master’s students will be recognized.  PhD hoods will be provided as a gift from the dean.  Family and friends are invited to attend.  Light reception to follow.  For information, please call (617) 627-4525.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Goddard Chapel, 1:30 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 Doctoral 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, 3:00 p.m. 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 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 the 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.

Seniors should align for the processional for the Baccalaureate Service at 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center.

Senior Thesis Show, SMFA at Tufts, Third Floor Studios, 230 The Fenway, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Featuring works by undergraduate students in the Senior Thesis Program.

Asr Prayers and Halal Dinner, Interfaith Center, 5:15 p.m..  For graduates, alumni, and families.  Sponsored by the Tufts Muslim Chaplaincy.

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.  Each year we eagerly look forward to sharing our beautiful, story-rich chapel with new friends and with all who have worshipped here over the years.  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 2017. 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 20

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:

Phase II ceremonies follow the all-university Phase I ceremony. Please see the appropriate school commencement site: