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The 2023 Baccalaureate Ceremony

The University Chaplaincy is deeply glad to welcome the Class of 2023 and their families to the in-person Baccalaureate Ceremony at Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center  on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 3pm. The multifaith ceremony will include:

  • Words of Welcome and Greetings of Peace from University Chaplain Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger
  • Senior interviews by video
  • The Wendell Phillips Address
  • An instrumental music performance
  • President Anthony P. Monaco's address to the Class of 2023
  • 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!

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.

 

05/21/2022 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. -Wendell Phillips speaker Rene LaPointe Jameson, E22, gives remarks during the Baccalaureate ceremony at Tufts University on May 21, 2022. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

 

People on a stage in academic regalia

05/21/2022 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - University Chaplain Elyse Winger gives remarks during the Baccalaureate ceremony at Tufts University on May 21, 2022. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Students clap in an auditorium

05/21/2022 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Friends of Wendell Phillips speaker Rene LaPointe Jameson, E22, cheer during her remarks during the Baccalaureate ceremony at Tufts University on May 21, 2022. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

View recordings of previous Baccalaureate Ceremonies below:

2022

2021 

2020 - The Wendell Phillips Speaker for the Class of 2020 will speak at the rescheduled Commencement Ceremony

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014