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Announcement Cards

Commencement announcement cards will be available for pick-up outside the Office for Campus Life in the Campus Center beginning April 1. The announcement card is a keepsake, not a ticket. There are no tickets for Commencement, and seating is open. Information regarding access requests for students or guests with disabilities or special needs can be found here. Please be prepared for unpredictable New England weather!

Caps, gowns, and hoods

Caps, gowns, and hoods are available for purchase at the campus bookstore. Gowns and hoods vary by degree and discipline, and the bookstore staff are available for assistance with obtaining the proper regalia. Academic regalia is strongly encouraged for Phase II participants, and required for Doctoral Hooding Ceremony participants. Doctoral degree recipients who attend the GSAS or SoE graduate celebration ceremonies will be gifted a doctoral hood. Academic regalia is not available for rent.

Ceremonies and Events for Graduate Students

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering will hold events for Master’s and PhD candidates.


Diplomas for May graduates will be distributed in Dowling Hall on Commencement day following the Phase I ceremony (approximately 11:00am).  For two weeks after Commencement, graduates may pick-up their diploma from Student Services in Dowling Hall during normal business hours.  After that time, diplomas will be mailed to the address on file.  Your student ID card, marching card, or another form of photo ID is required when picking up your diploma.  Please also see the Information for May Degree Candidates page for more information about diploma-specific name and mailing address entry into SIS.

Hotel Reservations

Space is at a premium in mid-May, so you are encouraged to make lodging reservations early. The main Commencement website has more information about on-campus and off-campus lodging, as well as directions to Tufts and campus/parking maps. Please see the “Visiting Tufts” section for details.

Marching Cards and Luncheon tickets

Marching cards and three complimentary luncheon tickets (one is to be used by the graduate) are available for pick-up at the Student Services Center in Dowling Hall May 12th-15th. Please be sure to bring your student ID. If you are unable to pick-up your marching card, you may designate someone to pick it up on your behalf by contacting Student Services in advance of May 10th; you may also pick up your marching card from Student Services on Commencement day. Additional luncheon tickets are available for purchase from Monday April 1st – Wednesday May 13th at 5:00 p.m. from Dining Services; additional information is here.

Phase II Venues

Please see listing.