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Graduating seniors

Graduating seniors receive a card indicating their name, degree, alignment area for Phase I, and the venue where they will be attending their department ceremony during Phase II. The university asks that graduating students be respectful of the solemnity of this occasion and refrain from using cell phones during the ceremony. The card will remind the student of the day’s events as well as enable the ceremony reader to announce their name to the audience,  as well as the honors they may have received. 

Seniors may pick up their marching card at Dowling Hall on Friday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please bring our ID. If you are unable to pick up your marching card, you may designate someone to pick it up on your behalf by contacting Student Services in advance; you may also pick up your marching card from Student Services on Commencement day beginning at 8:00am.

Before a marching card can be obtained, a student survey must be electronically completed via the web and a Tufts I.D. must be presented. You will receive an email from the Office of Institutional Research in April with instructions and a unique link to access the survey.

Seniors who have borrowed through federal or institutional loan programs must complete an exit interview before receiving their marching order card. For more information, please see financial aid.

Seniors must pay any outstanding balance on their student account before receiving their marching card.


Latin and/or thesis honors will be stamped on your marching card when picked up in Dowling Hall with your name printed on it to Dowling Hall during the hours specified above. Only stamped honors information will be read.

Alignment Areas and Ceremonies 

In March, students will be asked to indicate their alignment area as well as which major ceremony they wish to attend.