Open Menu Close Menu Open Search Close Search

The 2022 Baccalaureate Ceremony

The University Chaplaincy is deeply glad to welcome the Class of 2022 and their families to the in-person Baccalaureate Ceremony at Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center  on Saturday, May 21, 2022 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 by René LaPointe Jameson, E22
  • An instrumental music performance Tiffany Hsiao, A22, Talia Kee, A22, Andrew Zhang, E22, and Eric Zaks, E23
  • President Anthony P. Monaco's address to the Class of 2022
  • 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!

Commencement Weekend Activities with our University Chaplaincies

Friday, May 20

 
Meditation and Tea with the Buddhist Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop Street, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. An informal tea ceremony, to fully savor this present moment and celebrate our Seniors. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to support our planning by emailing Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma. Please meet at the Interfaith Center.
Muslim Friday Prayer Service (Jummah) and Lunch, hosted by the Muslim Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Join us for the Jummah prayer service followed by a halal buffet lunch and tea/coffee. Bring your families and friends! To RSVP, contact the Muslim Chaplain Najiba Akbar and include the number of people attending.
Hillel Open House Reception, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 4:00 p.m.
Hillel Student-led Services, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call 617-627-3242.
Shabbat Dinner, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 7:15 p.m.  Advance registration required; for more information, call 617-627-3242.

Saturday, May 21

 

Shabbat Buffet Lunch, Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue, 12:15 p.m.  Advance registration required; for more information, call 617-627-3242.

Interfaith Luncheon for Graduates and Families, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.  To celebrate our graduating seniors who have been involved with spiritual and religious life on campus, regardless of tradition. Hosted by Humanist Chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas and Protestant Chaplain Daniel Bell. Informal reception.  Please RSVP to Dan Bell or Anthony Cruz Pantojas by May 16.

Baccalaureate Ceremony Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center, 3:00 p.m. The Baccalaureate Ceremony for the senior class at Tufts is a tradition that began in 1864. See above for more information. Seniors should align in gowns (caps are optional) for the processional for the Baccalaureate Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center.

Hindu Chaplaincy Open House, hosted by the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Please bring your family and friends and join the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy in the Interfaith Center for chai and snacks during an open house after the Baccalaureate services.

Catholic Mass for Graduates, Alumni, Families, Goddard Chapel, 5:00 p.m. It is with joy that we plan to gather in-person around word and table this Commencement and Reunion Weekend. Let us celebrate and give thanks. All are welcome and, as always, come as you are. Refreshments to follow.

Baccalaureate Ceremony 2022

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:

2021 

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

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014