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Important Announcement about Commencement for 2020 Graduates: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May 17, 2020 Commencement Ceremony is postponed.

New plans are underway to hold in-person, on-campus, university-wide Commencement events for all of this year’s graduates when it is safe to do so. Read the full statement from President Monaco to learn more.


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 I takes place on The Green, between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall on the Medford/Somerville campus (Maps and Parking).

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.

The Phase II Ceremony for SMFA will take place on the lawn behind Bromfield Pearson from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on the Medford/Somerville campus.