Public Safety Information for 2020 Commencement Activities
Receive Tufts Emergency Alerts
Parents, family members and guests who opt in to TuftsAlert will receive emergency alerts during a two-week period at commencement time. Should an issue arise during that time frame–severe weather or other emergency–a text message would be be sent alerting you of the affected campus, the issue, and emergency instructions.
Available in April 2020: To opt in to the system, text the keyword Tufts2020 to phone number 67283. You will receive a welcome text thanking you for joining TuftsAlert for Commencement 2020. Your opt-in subscription for TuftsAlert will be active May 11 – 25, 2020.
General Safety Measures
Since the tragic events which took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Tufts University has taken steps to increase security for Commencement ceremonies taking place on our campuses.
Our safety and security plans are comprehensive. Some of the actions that we are taking to assure safety and security will be readily apparent, while others will not be. We ask that you take the time to review our suggestions below which are designed to enhance the safety and security of everyone who will attend our events.
Bags, Luggage, Backpacks, and other Large Containers
Attendees are respectfully discouraged from bringing large bags, luggage, backpacks and other large containers to any activities. Attendees are advised that all bags, luggage, back packs and large containers are subject to search. Attendees are further requested not to leave property unattended while attending ceremonies and events.
In the event that unattended property is discovered, it may be inspected in place, removed, and searched for ownership information by university officials.
On the Medford/Somerville campus removed property may be recovered at the Tufts University Police Station, Dowling Hall, first floor, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford Massachusetts. On the Grafton Campus removed property may be recovered at the Tufts University Police Station, 7 Jumbo’s Path, Grafton Massachusetts.
As always, our safety precautions are intended to ensure that these special events run smoothly. We appreciate your assistance as we work to ensure that Commencement 2020 is a joyous occasion for all who are receiving their degrees and those who are celebrating their accomplishments.
Drones and Model Aircraft (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)
Drones and model aircraft are not permitted at any of the commencement ceremonies, or at any other events taking place during commencement weekend.