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Welcome to Tufts! We are so glad you are here. 

To introduce you to the University Chaplaincy, we are hosting events during Orientation. Please reach out to program manager Nora Bond with any questions. Please check back here regularly, as we will be updating this page with events for Fall 2023 Orientation.

Illumination Ceremony for the Class of 2027

Join your classmates on the President's Lawn for this Tufts tradition of community candle-lighting.

Wednesday, August 30 at 7:45 p.m. 

President's Lawn

Meet the Chaplaincy Gathering

Join chaplains and student leaders near Goddard Chapel, overlooking Tisch Library Roof, for snacks, a planting activity, and an introduction to the work of the University Chaplaincy.

Thursday, August 31 from 11am-3pm

Goddard Chapel terrace (facing Tisch Roof) 

Chai and Chat with Hindu Chaplaincy

Come join the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy for a simple gathering where everyone is welcome. We will play a quick ice breaker and then chat over chai. Everyone can pick up an Amar Chitra Katha as available.

Friday, September 1,  from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Interfaith Center, downstairs lounge

Jummah Prayers

Join us for Jummah Prayers followed by a welcome gathering with Muslim Chaplain Najiba Akbar. An overview of Muslim Life at Tufts will be provided as well as time for community-building and Q&A.

Friday, September 1 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Interfaith Center, upstairs hall 

Navigating Transitions:  Reflections & Finding your Way at Tufts with the Humanist Chaplaincy

Join Humanist Chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas for dinner and conversation on making meaning around transitions and finding your place at Tufts. Dinner provided. No RSVP necessary.

Sunday, September, 3 from 5pm-6pm

Interfaith Center, downstairs lounge

Catholic Mass and Welcome Dinner 

Join us for the first mass of the academic year as we gather around Word and table with a spirit of joy. All are welcome for dinner to get to know the Catholic community, even if you aren’t able to attend mass. Choir practice is at 4pm, please come ten minutes before if you would like to participate (all experience levels welcome).

Sunday, September 4 at 5pm, welcome dinner at 6pm

Goddard Chapel

Protestant Evening Worship and Dessert Reception 

You are warmly welcome to join the Protestant community on campus for our first worship service of the fall, followed by a dessert reception (“Sunday Sundaes!”). We look forward to meeting you!

Sunday, September 4 at 7pm, dessert reception at 8pm 

Goddard Chapel

Buddhist Orientation Meditation

Join the Buddhist Chaplain for meditation in Goddard Chapel. Cushions are provided, and all are welcome.

Monday, September 4 from 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Goddard Chapel 


For all Hillel Orientation events, please see their website. 


Hillel Orientation Events link