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2020 Fall Orientation Events

Welcome to Tufts! We are so pleased to offer these virtual opportunities to get to know you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nora Bond, University Chaplaincy Program Manager at  All events are open to anyone, no matter religious or philosophical identities.


Virtual Welcome for Incoming Muslims and Friends

Thursday, September 3, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET []

Come connect with other Muslim students at Tufts and learn about what it means to be a part of Muslim life here. Meet Tufts Muslim Chaplain Abdul-Malik Merchant on a short Zoom welcome and bring any questions you have about being Muslim and/or a person of color with the Tufts University Chaplaincy. All are welcome.

Tufts Hillel Open House

Thursday September 3, 11am ET and 2pm ET (students can decide what session they will like to attend)

[] Link is for both sessions

Looking to get involved in Jewish life on campus? Not quite sure yet, but want to see what it’s all about? Come check out Hillel during our virtual Open House! There will be two sessions to choose from on Thursday, September 3rd- one at 11 am and another at 3 pm. We’ll be introducing first-years to our student leaders and other incoming students, answering questions, and talking about all of the cool things happening this year! Hope to see you all there! No registration required.

Virtual Welcome for Buddhist Community and Friends

Friday, September 4, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET []

Come connect with the Buddhist community and learn about what it means to be a part of the Sangha at Tufts (sangha means community). Meet Tufts Buddhist Chaplain Priya Rakkhit Sraman and members of the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha over Zoom. We welcome you and any questions you have about Buddhist life at Tufts. You can also ask our returning Sangha students about Tufts’ academic and community life. All are welcome.

Virtual Welcome for all Hindus and Friends

Friday September 4, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m ET []

Come meet Hindu Student Council members and the new Hindu Advisor, Preeta Banerjee, and share your ideas for what this year can look like. We will introduce ourselves, hear from you, and share upcoming events.  We want to emphasize that this is an open and safe space for everyone of any nationality, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, and gender identity. No matter your familiarity with Hinduism/South Asian culture or traditional "Hindu" background, you are welcome. We also welcome those who do not identify as "Hindu" but are interested in learning more!


Virtual Welcome for Incoming Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, and Friends

Friday, September 4, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET []

Come connect with other nonreligious students at Tufts and learn about what it means to be a part of Humanist and nonreligious life here. Meet Tufts Humanist Chaplain Walker Bristol, A14, on a short Zoom welcome and bring any questions you have about making meaning and being in community outside traditional religion with the Tufts University Chaplaincy. All are welcome.

Virtual Welcome for Incoming Catholics and Friends followed by First Liturgical Celebration of the Academic Year 

Sunday, September 6, 4:30 p.m. ET (Mass to follow at 5 p.m. ET) []

Come meet other Catholic Jumbos at our online welcome! We are eager to know the questions that are on your heart, and the gifts you will bring to our community. The student leadership team of the Catholic Community at Tufts (CCT) will be joining, as well as other returning Catholic students.  We will not be offering in-person worship this year, but we will be gathering virtually at 5 p.m. ET each Sunday to watch and celebrate mass together. Throughout the course of the semester, we will “visit” the parishes of different members of the CCT by watching that week’s previously recorded mass –  let us know if your home parish offers an online experience. Join us for as long or as short as you are able on Sunday, September 6. And as always, come as you are.

Virtual Protestant Welcome Event

Sunday, September 6, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET []

Come to learn more about the Protestant (mainline/progressive Christian) community at Tufts. Hosted by Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell and the Protestant Students Association, the event will introduce plans for the semester and include activities to get to know each other. Please bring any questions you have about Protestant life at Tufts, and anything else on your heart and mind. We can’t wait to see you there. All are welcome, and all are loved, no matter your faith background.

Virtual Protestant Evening Worship

Sunday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET [].

Join us for our first Protestant Evening Worship of the semester as we gather to sing, pray, reflect, and connect. Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell will lead the service and the Reverend Edwin Johnson, A04, a local pastor, will preach. Edwin always has an inspiring message for us to start the new year. Please stay afterwards for a time of fellowship. All are welcome, regardless of religious or philosophical identity.


Virtual Welcome and Q&A with the University Chaplaincy

September 14, 2020 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET []

Curious about some of the many religious and philosophical student groups on campus? Wishing you had someone to connect with about life’s big questions? Wondering about the campus bells that ring every evening? Join student leaders and chaplains for a Q&A session about the University Chaplaincy – no question is too big or small. We will share more about the mission of the office, the care we can provide to anyone in the Tufts community, and the programs we will be offering this fall. All are welcome!