The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine marked its 39th Commencement on May 23, bestowing degrees that reflect the breadth of programs at the veterinary school upon 138 graduates.
The ceremony for 96 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students was held outdoors on the Grafton campus, where attendees observed social distancing and masking protocols, and family and friends were able to watch the ceremony virtually. Seven also received Master of Public Health degrees, and three received Master of Science in Laboratory Animal Medicine degrees.
Faculty speaker John Berg, a soft-tissue surgeon, thanked the Class of 2021 for their help during the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping clinics and hospitals at Cummings School open, treating animals, and helping owners.
He expressed a hope that they would always be so eager to learn. “One of the best favors you can do for yourself in the upcoming years is to read a little bit on every new type of case you see, every new drug you use, and every new test you run, because it’s amazing how well information will stick when you’re reading it in the context of an actual patient,” he said.
Though their class is graduating during a global public health crisis, student speaker Tatyana Kalani, V21, said the graduates are undaunted. “I know that the Class of 2021 is leaving Tufts with the power and the knowledge to become lifelong learners in veterinary medicine. I know that we are ready for this world.” —Angela Nelson, University Communication and Marketing
A message from Harris Fitzgerel and Tiana Rangchi, Class of 2021 Legacy Gift representatives
The goal of our class gift campaign was to reach 21 percent class giving participation--in honor of our graduation year--by fundraising for toys, enrichment activities, and the other necessities for the newly renovated Cat Ward at the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Together, we raised $495 with 24 percent participation! These donations will make a huge difference for our feline friends while they are in our care. Thank you, Class of 2021 and also to Dean Cribb for his personal match!
The all-university event is inclusive of the graduates of all schools. This ceremony included the Commencement address as well as the granting of honorary degrees. No individual graduates were recognized at this event. Instead, individual graduates were recognized at the school-specific ceremonies (listed below).
|Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. EDT
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences PhD and OTD Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. EDT
Baccalaureate (features interviews, a musical performance, speeches, and multifaith blessings from our chaplains)
Sunday, May 23 at 9 a.m. EDT
|Sunday, May 23 at 10 a.m. EDT
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
School of Engineering (Graduate Programs)
School of Engineering (Undergraduate Programs)
School of Arts and Sciences (Including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts)
Sunday, May 23 at 12 p.m. EDT
|Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m. EDT
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (Master’s)
Sunday, May 23 at 2 p.m. EDT
School of Medicine (Public Health and Professional Degree Programs)
School of Medicine (MD Program)
Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. EDT