“You persevered in the most challenging disciplines, and you did it while adapting to new learning environments and challenging, changing social norms,” Karen Panetta, director of graduate education at the School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, told graduate students in a virtual ceremony on May 23.
“You embrace disruptive innovations and have the ability to design new technology that will consider how all kinds of people will use and access your technology,” she said. “You will keep us safe, protect our environment, and speak up when others around you choose to remain silent. You will start new ventures that will provide opportunities for economic growth and provide services and accessibility to disparate populations around the world, in cost-effective and socially responsible ways.”
Featured speaker David Rosowsky, E85, EG87, former professor of civil and environmental engineering, provost, and senior vice president of the University of Vermont and a member of the School of Engineering Board of Advisors, focused on what graduates could achieve with their newfound knowledge.
“Your knowledge and your commitment to leveraging your Tufts degree and your Tufts experience to do well and to do good will help to create a better world, one that’s safer and more resilient and more just. And that’s a world I look forward to being part of,” he said.
“Yes, let today be a day of celebration,” he added, “but let it also be a day of commitment to the future and commitment to the important role each of you will play in creating a safe, sustainable, and prosperous tomorrow.”
Dean Jianmin Qu, the Karol Family Professor at the School of Engineering, told the graduates that while the last 15 months have been extremely challenging, he was “continually impressed and inspired” by their dedication to their education, their communities, and to each other. “I am tremendously proud of all of you graduates.” — Taylor McNeil, University Communications and Marketing
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