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Baccalaureate Ceremony

Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm | Gantcher Center

  • President Monaco's farewell to the Class of 2020

  • Wendell Phillips Student Speaker

  • Music and inspirational words by members of the class

All seniors and families attend, no tickets necessary.

Seniors, please arrive in cap and gown by 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Center.

The Wendell Phillips Speaker for the Class of 2020

The Wendell Phillips Speaker is the senior class speaker, who offers an inspiring message from and for the graduating class during the Baccalaureate Ceremony, this year on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 3 pm in the Gantcher Center. The Wendell Phillips Award was established in 1896 to honor of Boston’s great orator and abolitionist Wendell Phillips, and it is awarded annually by the faculty and student Committee on Student Life (CSL) to a senior who has demonstrated both marked ability as a speaker and a high sense of public responsibility. 

The Wendell Phillips Speaker for the Class of 2020 will be selected in March 2020. For more information about this award, please click here.

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A Tufts Tradition

The Baccalaureate Ceremony for the senior class at Tufts is a tradition that began in 1864. Baccalaureate is a cherished moment during Commencement Weekend, and the last time for the senior class to be alone together as a class. One senior is selected to give the class speech, called the Wendell Phillips Address, and the president offers his parting words to the class. The context is a multifaith and multicultural celebration honoring a diversity of spiritualities, philosophies, and cultures at Tufts in the form of music, readings, and benedictions. All are welcome, and generally all members of the senior class and their families attend. For more information, please visit the University Chaplaincy website.