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03/27/2020 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Ballou Hall, Goddard Chapel and the President’s Lawn are seen through the flowers of a magnolia tree on March 27, 2020. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Our wish for you is conveyed in the words of The Reverend Howard Thurman:

The sound of the genuine is flowing through you. Don’t be deceived and thrown off by all the noises that are a part even of your dreams [and] your ambitions, that you don’t hear the sound of the genuine in you. Because that is the only true guide that you will ever have…

We hope that you have found your way closer to “the sound of the genuine” during your time at Tufts and that this will continue to anchor you wherever you go from here.

-With heartfelt pride from the Tufts University Chaplaincy



You can read Rev. Thurman’s full speech, given at the 1980 Spelman College Baccalaureate Address, here: