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Monday, May 13, 2024

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

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Senior Week Lunch hosted by the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, Goddard Chapel, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Master's Graduation Celebration, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Remis Sculpture Court 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 2023- 2024 academic year (August 2023 - May 2024). Questions can be emailed to

Friday, May 17, 2024

Meditation and Tea with the Buddhist Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street (Lower Level), 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Muslim Friday Prayer Service (Jummah) and Lunch, hosted by the Muslim Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Alumni and Guests Chaplaincy Open House, Goddard Chapel, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

       Hillel Student-led Services*, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 6:00 p.m. (*Reform and Conservative services)

       Shabbat Dinner*, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 7:00 p.m. (*Advance registration required.  Please visit Tufts Hillel to RSVP.)

Tufts Night at Pops, Boston Pops Concert, Symphony Hall, Boston, 8:00 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 $25-$95/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 or by phone at 617-627-3532.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

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.

       Hillel Student-led Shabbat morning services, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 10:15 a.m.

       Shabbat Buffet Lunch, Granoff Family Hillel Center, 12:00 p.m. (*Advance registration required.  Please visit Tufts Hillel to RSVP.)

Interfaith Graduation Lunch, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street (Upper Level), 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. 

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. A livestream will be available here during the ceremony (pw 05182024).  Further information concerning these arrangements will be provided in an email from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Questions can be emailed to

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 arrive in cap and gown for the Baccalaureate Ceremony at Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center before 2:45pm.

Hindu Chaplaincy Open House, hosted by the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Catholic Mass for Graduates, Alumni, and Families, Goddard Chapel, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


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, 10:30 p.m.

Illumination Ceremony President's Lawn, 10:45 p.m. Ceremonial welcome to Tufts' newest alumni, the Class of 2024. Call the Office of Alumni Engagement, (617) 627-3526, for information about this event and other Alumni Weekend activities, or visit the Office of Alumni Engagement web site at

Sunday, May 19, 2024

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 5 p.m.

Phase II of Commencement at Tufts consists of ceremonies and special activities for the various schools and departments. Immediately following the Phase I all-University Commencement, individual schools will hold ceremonies at locations and times to be announced. Please click on the appropriate school link at the bottom of the page to be directed to further information regarding your specific Phase II ceremony.

Visit the School commencement sites for more information about their Phase II ceremonies: