Open Menu Close Menu Open Search Close Search
The 2020 Commencement ceremony will begin on Friday, May 27 at 11am EDT. Please join us on for a livestream of this special occasion!

Tufts is excited to welcome back the Class of 2020 on May 27, 2022!

Phase I, in which all Tufts' schools participate, is the All-University Commencement Ceremony. It includes the Academic Procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, the All-University Commencement address, and recognition of faculty emeriti. Phase I takes place on The Green, between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall.

                10:45 a.m. Degree candidates should assemble in the appropriate locations according to their alignment areas. Marshals will be available to assist you.

                10:45 a.m. The Goddard Chapel bells will begin ringing. This is a reminder that the Academic Procession will begin promptly at 11 a.m., when the bells stop ringing.

                11:00 a.m. Phase I, All-University Academic Procession begins.

                11:15 a.m. (approximately) Commencement program begins.

                12:30 p.m. (approximately) Recessional. End of Phase I Commencement ceremony.

                12:30 p.m. (approximately) Lunch on the Lawn for the School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Engineering.

Phase II of Commencement at Tufts is the ceremony where graduates are individually recognized. The School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering will host a combined Phase II ceremony on The Green beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Students will align at 1:45 p.m. at the location designated on their marching card.

No tickets are required to attend the Phase I or Phase II ceremonies. Both Phase I and Phase II will be livestreamed on Please refresh the page at 10:30 on May 27 to see the streaming video.

Neil Blumenthal, A02, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, will deliver the commencement address to the Tufts University Class of 2020. Blumenthal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

In addition to Blumenthal, five other distinguished men and women will receive honorary degrees: Lisa D. Cook, economist; Sandra Cotterell, public health advocate; Ruth Moy, community leader in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood; James Stavridis, 16th NATO Supreme Allied Commander and former dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts; and Jonathan M. Tisch, A76, businessman and philanthropist.

Read more about all six honorary degree recipients in TuftsNow.

Read more about Commencement 2020, including memories from the class.

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.

Opt-In for Tufts Emergency Alerts

Parents, family members, and guests of graduating Tufts students who opt-in to TuftsAlert* will receive emergency alerts through the end of May, which covers the dates for all Tufts’ Commencements. Should severe weather or another emergency occur that affects any Tufts campus during this timeframe, you would receive a text alerting you to the issue, the location affected, and emergency instructions.

To Opt-In: Text TuftsAlertGrad to 67283

* TuftsAlert is Tufts University’s emergency notification system. Once you opt-in to TuftsAlert using the TuftsAlertGrad text, you will start receiving any emergency text messages that are sent through the end of May. You may unsubscribe from any time by replying LEAVE TuftsAlertGrad.