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The 2021 Baccalaureate Ceremony

On March 8, 2021, President Anthony Monaco shared plans for a virtual All-University Commencement Ceremony. In his statement, President Monaco said that this format “is in keeping with our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our community". Read the full statement here.

The University Chaplaincy is working to produce a pre-recorded video to honor the Class of 2021 with a collection of diverse religious and philosophical words, poems, songs, and more. The video will include:

  • Words of Welcome and Greetings of Peace from University Chaplain Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger
  • Senior interviews
  • The Wendell Phillips Address by Atrey Bhargava, A21
  • A instrumental music performance by Iverson Eliopoulos, A21 and Julia Moss, A21, and accompanying musicians Talia Kee, A22 and Andrew Zhang, E22
  • President Anthony P. Monaco's address to the Class of 2021
  • Multifaith words of blessing and sending from Tufts University chaplains

You will be able to find more information here in the weeks approaching Commencement Weekend. We look forward to hosting you virtually.

The video will go live on Saturday, May 22 at 2pm ET on the Commencement webpage. 

A Tufts Tradition

The Baccalaureate Ceremony for the senior class is a tradition that began in 1864. Baccalaureate is a cherished moment during Commencement Weekend. It is the last time for the senior class to be together as a class before graduation. One senior is selected to give the Wendell Phillips Address, and the Tufts University President offers parting words to the class. The Baccalaureate Ceremony is a multifaith and multicultural celebration honoring a diversity of spiritualities, philosophies, and cultures at Tufts in the form of music, readings, and blessings. All are welcome, and generally all members of the senior class and their families attend.

Learn more about Baccalaureate Ceremonies below:

2020 - Plans to recognize the Class of 2020 in person have not been determined. Details about celebrations will be shared as they become available.