The Baccalaureate Service

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 3 pm, Gantcher Center
The traditional Baccalaureate Service for graduating seniors at Tufts began in 1865. “Baccalaureate” means a sermon to a graduating class, and for most of Tufts’ history the inspirational message has been delivered by the University President. The address is the President’s final opportunity to exhort and enlighten members of the senior class before they receive their bachelor’s degrees and leave campus as alumni/ae. The senior student who has won the Wendell Phillips Award also speaks. In recent years, Baccalaureate has become an interfaith celebration, with all of the university chaplains and students from Tufts’ main religious and philosophical communities participating. Hymns and music are also offered by soloists and instrumentalists. Graduating seniors process in caps and gowns, and family and friends are invited to attend.

The Baccalaureate Service lasts about one hour and no tickets are necessary for admission. Seniors should align for the processional with caps and gowns at 2:30 p.m. inside the Gantcher Center.