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.
Please note that a link to the Phase I Commencement ceremony live webcast (with closed captioning) will be available here beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 22.
Lawyer, civil rights advocate, and author Bryan Stevenson, whose work fighting bias in the criminal justice system has saved and changed the lives of countless children, poor people, and people of color, delivered the commencement address to the Tufts Class of 2021. Stevenson received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Read more about Stevenson's work in TuftsNow.
In addition to Stevenson, other honorary degree recipients were Maria B. Barrett, J88, major general in the U.S. Army; William Bazeyo, Ugandan physician, innovative medical researcher, and academic; Stacey B. Gabriel, senior director of the Genomics Platform at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Hamdi Ulukaya, food entrepreneur and philanthropist; and Ofelia Zepeda, Native American linguist, scholar, and poet.