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Monday, May 11

Senior Week begins. For information and updates about Senior Week activities call the Office for Campus Life at (617) 627-3212.

Tuesday, May 12

SMFA Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.  Locations:  Aidekman Arts Center; Eaton Hall, Lane Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  May 11-17.

Thursday, May 14

Master’s Graduation Celebration, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tisch Library Roof and Patio, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  A reception to celebrate new alumni–graduates of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Questions can be emailed to

Friday, May 15

Spring Design Show, Balch Arena Theater, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  A display of faculty and student theatrical design.

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SMFA Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.  Locations:  Aidekman Arts Center, Eaton Hall, Lane Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Muslim Friday Prayer Service and Lunch, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 1:00 p.m. Friday prayer starts at 1:15 p.m., followed by a halal buffet lunch with vegetarian options.  Open to all students and families of any or no religious background.  RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes but not required.  To RSVP, contact the Muslim Chaplain at

Community Health Program Senior Event, Cohen Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.  For more information, call (617) 627-3233.

Shabbat Evening Services and Meal (Reform and Conservative), Granoff Family Hillel Center.  Pre-Shabbat Reception at 5:00 p.m.  Services begin at 6:00 p.m. Dinner  at 7:15 p.m. Reservations will be available online this spring. For more information, call (617) 627-3242.

SMFA Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Family/Public Reception.  Aidekman Arts Center.  Exhibit locations:  Aidekman Arts Center, Eaton Hall, Lane Hall. 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tufts Night at Pops Boston Pops Concert, Symphony Hall, Boston, 8 p.m. Reservation forms for this event, sponsored by the Tufts University Alumni Association, will be mailed to all families of graduating seniors in February. For information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Alumni Relations website.  For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 617-627-3532.

Humanist New Beginnings Reflection, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 8:00 p.m.  This Senior Week Reflection is open to all members of the Tufts community, but especially our graduating seniors and their families, irrespective of belief background.   A reception will follow with refreshments and music.

Saturday, May 16

Shabbat Morning Service and Lunch (Conservative), Granoff Family Hillel Center, 10:00 a.m.  For more information, call (617) 627-3242.

Guided Meditation and Tea, led by Buddhist in Residence, Goddard Chapel., 10:00 a.m.  Join Priya Sraman, Buddhist in Residence and advisor to the Tufts Mindfulness Buddhist Sangha, for guided meditation, followed by conversation, tea and light snacks.

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Spring Design Show, Balch Arena Theater, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  A display of faculty and student theatrical design.

School of Engineering Graduate Programs Ceremony, Gantcher Center, 9:00 a.m..  PhD students will be hooded by their thesis advisor and Master’s students will be recognized.  PhD hoods will be provided as a gift from the dean.  Family and friends are invited to attend.  Light reception to follow.  For information, please call (617) 627-4525.

       Kiddush Lunch, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 12:00 p.m.

Protestant Luncheon for Graduates and Families, Interfaith Center (58 Winthrop St.), 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.  To celebrate our graduating seniors and Protestant life at Tufts.  Informal reception.  Please RSVP to

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Goddard Chapel, 1:00 p.m.  Reception following to be held (at the rain location) at Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Ave.

Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, 40 Talbot Ave., 1:00 p.m.  Gallery walk-through tour open to students and their families.  There will be a tour of the SMFA MFA Thesis show.  The tour will visit exhibits being shown in the Tisch Family Gallery, Koppelman Gallery, Lane Hall, and Eaton Hall.  Please meet in the galleries in the Aidekman Arts Center at 1:00 p.m.

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, Cohen Auditorium, 1:00 p.m.. The university is pleased to present a hood to doctor of philosophy candidates who attend either the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony or Commencement. The hood should be carried on the left arm to the stage, where the hooding ceremony will be performed. At Commencement, the hood should be worn. Further information concerning these arrangements will be provided in a letter from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Baccalaureate Ceremony Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center, 3:00 p.m. The Baccalaureate Ceremony for the senior class at Tufts is a tradition that began in 1864. Baccalaureate is a cherished moment during Commencement Weekend, and last time for the senior class to be alone together as a class. One senior is selected to give the class speech, called the Wendell Phillips Address, and the president offers his parting words to the class.  The context is a multifaith and multicultural celebration honoring the diversity of spiritualities, philosophies, and cultures at Tufts in the form of music, readings, and benedictions.  All are welcome, and generally all members of the senior class and their families attend.   For more information, please visit the University Chaplaincy website.

Seniors should align in cap and gown for the processional for the Baccalaureate Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center.

SMFA Senior Thesis Show, SMFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston.  Featuring works by undergraduate students in the Senior Thesis Program.  Exhibit runs May 16-21.

SMFA Opening Reception for Senior Thesis and End of Year Shows, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., 230 The Fenway, Boston.

Catholic Mass for Graduates, Alumni, Families: Goddard Chapel, 5:30 p.m. Please join us for liturgy as we send forth our graduates and welcome home alumni and families.  Each year we eagerly look forward to sharing our beautiful, story-rich chapel with new friends and with all who have worshipped here over the years.  All are welcome and, as always, come as you are.  Followed by a reception with light refreshments.  For more information, please contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper at

Iftar and Evening Prayers, Tufts Interfaith Center, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.  Maghrib prayers and a Ramadan iftar, followed by Taraweeh. RSVP to Muslim Chaplain required:

Candlelight Procession Up the Hill Starting at the Mayer Campus Center patio, 10:45 p.m.

Top of the Hill Tribute/Illumination Ceremony Goddard Chapel terrace, 11 p.m. Ceremonial welcome to Tufts’ newest alumni, the Class of 2020. Call the Office of Alumni Relations (617) 627-3526 for information about this event and other Alumni Weekend activities, or visit the Alumni Relations web site at

Sunday, May 17

Commencement Day

Phase I Ceremony takes place on The Green, between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall.

8:30 a.m. Degree candidates should assemble in the appropriate locations according to their alignment areas. Marshals will be available to assist you.

8:45 a.m. The Goddard Chapel bells will begin ringing. This will be your last warning that the Academic Procession will begin promptly at 9 a.m. when the bells stop ringing.

9 a.m. Phase I, All-University Academic Procession begins.

9:30 a.m. (approximately) Commencement program begins.

11 a.m. (approximately) Recessional. (End of Phase I of Commencement ceremony.)

11:30 a.m. (approximately) Phase II ceremonies begin for individual schools, colleges, and departments. Phase II ceremonies, including luncheons, end at approximately 3 p.m.

Phase II Ceremonies:

Phase II ceremonies follow the all-university Phase I ceremony. Please see the appropriate school commencement site:

Sunday Dinner with Muslim Chaplain, Location TBD, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Post-commencement dinner honoring graduates and their families.  RSVP to Muslim Chaplain required: