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Monday, May 15, 2023

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

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Senior Week Lunch hosted by the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, Goddard Chapel, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Please join the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy in Goddard Chapel for an intimate lunch with fellow seniors to celebrate and share our most meaningful memories of Hindu life on campus.

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 in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences --graduates of the 2022- 2023 academic year (August 2022 - May 2023). Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Friday, May 19, 2023

Meditation and Tea with the Buddhist Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. An informal tea ceremony, to fully savor this present moment and celebrate our Seniors. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to support our planning by emailing Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma ( [email protected]). Please meet at the Interfaith Center.

Muslim Friday Prayer Service (Jummah) and Lunch, hosted by the Muslim Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Join us for the Jummah prayer service followed by a halal buffet lunch and tea/coffee. Bring your families and friends! To RSVP, contact the Muslim Chaplain at [email protected] and include the number of people attending. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

Master Of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Aidekman Arts Center, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Hillel Open House Reception, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 4:00 p.m.

Hillel Student-led Services, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call 617-627-3242.

Shabbat Dinner, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 7:15 p.m.  Advance registration required; for more information, call 617-627-3242.

Tufts Night at Pops, Boston Pops Concert, Symphony Hall, Boston, 8 p.m. Don’t miss fellow Tufts families, students, alumni, and Jumbo community members at the 121st Tufts Night at Pops—our longest-running tradition and a special way to celebrate both commencement and reunion weekend. Tickets range from $20-$89/person. The deadline for purchasing tickets is April 21. For information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Alumni and Friends website or contact the Office of Alumni Engagement by email at [email protected] or by phone at 617-627-3532.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

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.

Shabbat Buffet Lunch, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 12:15 p.m.  Advance registration required; for more information, call 617-627-3242.

Interfaith Luncheon for Graduates and Families, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.  To celebrate our graduating seniors who have been involved with spiritual and religious life on campus, regardless of tradition. Hosted by Humanist Chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas and Protestant Chaplain Daniel Bell. Informal reception.  Please RSVP to [email protected] or [email protected] by May 15.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, Goddard Chapel, 1:00 p.m.  Reception following to be held on the Tisch Library Roof.

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. Academic regalia is required at the ceremony. Further information concerning these arrangements will be provided in an email from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

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.

Hindu Chaplaincy Open House, hosted by the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Please bring your family and friends and join the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy in the Interfaith Center for chai and snacks during an open house after the Baccalaureate services.

Catholic Mass for Graduates, Alumni, Families: Goddard Chapel, 5:00 p.m. It is with joy that we plan to gather in-person around word and table this Commencement and Reunion Weekend. Let us celebrate and give thanks. All are welcome and, as always, come as you are. Refreshments to follow.

Senior Thesis Show and Graduating Students Exhibition and Reception, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 the Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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 2023. 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 21, 2023

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