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Commencement 2020 | May 17, 2020

Phase I Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The All-University Commencement ceremony in which all Tufts schools participate. 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 are 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 17.

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 17), individual department and school ceremonies will take place. It is at these ceremonies that graduates’ names are announced and students are individually recognized. With a few exceptions, Phase II ceremonies for 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.; or 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.  Please see links to the right to Phase II information for each school. (Maps and Parking)

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

Commencement 2019 Speaker

Actor, producer and activist Alfre Woodard delivered the commencement address to the Tufts University Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19. Woodard received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on The Green on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus.

Woodard's exemplary work across her 40-year acting career has earned her an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy Awards and 17 nominations, three SAG Awards, a Grammy Award nomination and a Golden Globe.

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2019 Honorary Degree Recipients

Marie Cassidy

Edward J. Markey

Eva Moskowitz

Ellen Ochoa

Alfre Woodard