All Tufts schools participate in the All-University Commencement ceremony (Phase I). It includes the Academic Procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, the All-University Commencement address, recognition of faculty emeriti, presentation of degree candidates by school and the granting of degrees by the Tufts University Board of Trustees. Phase I takes place on The Green, between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall. (Maps and Parking) Tickets not required.
Phase II Ceremony
Phase II of Commencement at Tufts consists of individual degree ceremonies and luncheons. Immediately following the Phase I All-University Commencement (Sunday, May 19), individual department and school ceremonies will take place. It is at these ceremonies that graduates’ names are announced and students are individually recognized. Phase II ceremonies for departments of the School of Arts and Sciences and for the undergraduates in the School of Engineering are held in three waves: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please note that the ceremony for Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine will take place in Grafton at 3:00 p.m. (Maps and Parking) Tickets not required.
Phase II ceremonies follow the All-University Phase I ceremony. Please see the appropriate school commencement site below.
2023 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients
Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations and chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2023. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012, as special adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In addition to Mohammed, six other distinguished women and men will receive honorary degrees: Mary Chin, executive director of the Asian American Civic Association; dentist and philanthropist Louis Fiore, D62; Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress; U.S. Congressman James McGovern; Alan Solomont, former U.S. ambassador to Spain and dean emeritus, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life; and celebrated visual artist Kehinde Wiley.
Read more about all honorary degree recipients in TuftsNow.