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Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2021

Looking for the Cummings School (DVM) ceremony? Please view that ceremony here.

The Value of Adapting—and Silver Linings

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.

At the virtual commencement ceremony for graduate students, 12 were awarded a Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy, 19 received a Master of Science in Conservation Medicine, and 11 earned a Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health.

Julie Arnold, VG20, a student speaker who received a master’s in infectious disease and global health, acknowledged that because of COVID-19, the past year did not go the way they wanted it to. But she said she is proud of her class’s ability to transition and evolve, and she appreciated one silver lining of the transition to virtual classes.

“If one of your classmates has a pet, that animal is now in your class and will make an appearance in every Zoom meeting. And as students enrolled in a graduate program at a veterinary school, we can all agree that the more animals that are in our lives, the better,” she said.

Allen Rutberg, director of the Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy program at Cummings School, also praised the class’s ability to adapt, recalling how they reconfigured classes, research projects, and case studies to adjust to the new reality of lockdowns and social distancing.

And he expressed hope for the graduates’ future scientific contributions and admiration for the research work done during the pandemic. “The ability of our biomedical establishment to develop and test multiple safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year is absolutely mind boggling.” —Angela Nelson, University Communication and Marketing

The 2021 Cummings School ceremony for master's graduates has concluded. Congratulations to the graduates!

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View Commencement Weekend Ceremonies

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

All-University Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 23 at 10 a.m. EDT

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Fletcher School

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

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

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)

School of Dental Medicine

Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. EDT

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)