The Baccalaureate Service 2015

The President and Chaplains of Tufts University invite members of the Class of 2015 and their families and friends to join in celebrating the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center. All are welcome.

About the Baccalaureate Service

The Baccalaureate Service for the senior class at Tufts began in 1864. Baccalaureate is an ancient custom wherein those being admitted to the degree of bachelor are honored with laurels of oration to inspire them as they cross this threshold into their lives beyond.

This service is the last time for the senior class to be alone together as a class. One senior is selected to offer the Wendell Phillips Address, and the President offers his parting remarks to the class.

The context is a multifaith celebration honoring the heritage of spirituality and values at Tufts through a diversity of religions, philosophies, and cultures in the forms of music, readings, and blessings. All are welcome.

Click here for a PDF version of the Baccalaureate Service 2015 invitation. Click here to view the Baccalaureate Service 2015.

Spiritual Gatherings During Commencement Weekend 2015

Other spiritual gatherings during Commencement Weekend include:

Friday, May 15, 2015

  • 1 p.m. Muslim Prayer, Interfaith Center
  • 6 p.m. Reform and Conservative Shabbat Services, 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Dinner, Granoff Family Hillel Center Adults: $18, Children under 10: $8  Please reserve online at
  • 9 p.m. Humanist New Beginnings Reflection, Interfaith Center

Saturday, May 16, 2015

  • 10 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service and 12:00 p.m. Lunch, Granoff Family Hillel Center
  • 5:30 p.m. Catholic Mass for Graduates, Alumni, and Families, Goddard Chapel

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