Commencement at Tufts University has two ceremonies:
Phase I Ceremony
Phase I consists of the All-University Commencement ceremony in which all Tufts schools participate. It includes the Academic Procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, the All-University Commencement address, recognition of faculty emeriti, presentation of degree candidates by school, and the granting of degrees by the Board of Trustees.
Phase II Ceremony
Phase II of Commencement at Tufts consists of individual degree ceremonies. Following the Phase I (All-University Commencement), individual department and school ceremonies will take place. It is at these ceremonies that graduates’ names are announced and students are individually recognized. Tickets are required for the SMFA at Tufts Phase II Ceremony.
2019 Commencement Weekend Schedule
Saturday, May 18, 3:00 pm - Baccalaureate Service for all graduating seniors and families, held at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center in Medford. Doors open at 2:00 pm. Seniors should arrive by 2:30 pm to align for the procession in cap and gown.
Sunday, May 19, 9:00 am - SMFA students are encouraged to attend the All-University Commencement Ceremony (Phase I) on The Green on the Tufts Campus in Medford/Somerville. The all-university commencement ceremony includes the Academic Procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, the all-university commencement address, recognition of faculty emeriti, and presentation of degree candidates by school (SMFA at Tufts is part of the School of Arts & Sciences). The ceremony is followed by lunch on the lawn from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Sunday, May 19, 6:00 PM - A special ceremony for SMFA at Tufts graduates (Phase II) will take place in the Shapiro Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the Phase II ceremony, graduates’ names are announced and students are individually recognized. Tickets are required.