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Commencement 2023 | May 21, 2023

Phase I Ceremony

(Sunday, May 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

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 21), 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 two waves: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 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.

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Award-winning historian, scholar, and author Erika Lee, J91, delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2022. Lee is one of the nation’s leading historians of immigration and the Asian American experience. The author of four award-winning books, she is Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies and director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

In addition to Lee, five other distinguished women and men received honorary degrees: Callie Crossley, journalist, commentator, and storyteller; Pablo Eduardo, sculptor; Jane Frommer, nanoscientist; Lonnie King, veterinarian and One Health pioneer; and Asad M. Madni, innovator and engineer.

Read more about all six honorary degree recipients in TuftsNow.

Read more about Commencement 2022, including senior spotlights.

Public Health Information Regarding COVID-19

Tufts University is committed to promoting a safe campus environment for all members of our community and guests. In light of the ever-changing impact of the coronavirus variants, all activities conducted on our campuses must adhere to specific event guidelines, posted on the university's COVID-19 website:

Visitors attending events on campus are required to be vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) and may be asked to show proof of vaccination or proof of a medical/religious exemption. We hope that all guests will understand and embrace these guidelines in the spirit of Tufts' values as a caring community and one that believes strongly in civic responsibility.