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Commencement Speaker

Former DuPont CEO Ellen J. Kullman, a Tufts alumna, will return to campus to deliver the commencement address to the Tufts University Class of 2018 on Sunday, May 20. Kullman will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. on The Green on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus.

Kullman is best-known as the retired CEO and chair of the board of DuPont, now DowDuPont, Inc., the world's largest chemical company. Appointed in 2009, Kullman served as the first female CEO in the company's over 200-year history. Fortune Magazine named her one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" in 2012, and she ranked 31st on Forbes Magazine's list of "100 Most Powerful Women" in 2014.

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Honorary Degree Recipients

Each year, the university honors a number of distinguished individuals with honorary degrees recognizing their significant accomplishments and contributions in the varied academic, scholorly, and professional fields represented at Tufts.

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2018 Baccalaureate Service

Anna Del Castillo, A18

Undergraduate Class Speaker

The Senior Baccalaureate Speaker is the recipient of the Wendell Phillips Award, established in 1896 to honor Boston’s great orator and advocate. The award is given annually to a senior who demonstrates both marked ability as a speaker and a high sense of public responsibility.

The speech is intended to deliver a social justice message for our time.

When and Where

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3-4 pm
Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center

A tradition that began in 1864, the Baccalaureate Service is the last time the undergraduate class comes together, alone, as a class. This multifaith celebration honors the heritage of spirituality and values at Tufts through a diversity of religions, philosophies and cultures in the forms of music, readings and blessings.  All are welcome.

Seniors, please arrive in cap and gown by 2:30pm.

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Regale Us

We asked nine Tufts professors to tell us the personal stories
behind their elaborate Commencement fashions.