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Spring 2023 Events and Weekly Gatherings

For more information about regular events and gatherings listed on the calendar below, please select the community of interest from the menu beneath. You can connect with the chaplain with any questions, or University Chaplaincy program manager Nora Bond. You can call the chapel at with any questions at 617-627-3427 or reach out to a chaplain individually. 

We hope to connect with you soon!

Senior Week, Commencement, and Alumni Weekend Events

Thursday, May 18, 2023 Senior Week Lunch hosted by the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy, Goddard Chapel, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Please join the Tufts Hindu Chaplaincy in Goddard Chapel for an intimate lunch with fellow seniors to celebrate and share our most meaningful memories of Hindu life on campus.

Friday, May 19, 2023 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. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

Alumni and Guests Open House, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Goddard Chapel is open to all alumni, graduates, and families Come take a self-guided tour through the second oldest building on the Medford campus, and University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger will give welcome remarks at 3:30pm. You can find more about alumni weekends here. 

Hillel Open House Reception, Shabbat Services, and Dinner

Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue 

For times and more information, call 617-627-3242 or find details on the Hillel events calendar. 

 

Saturday, May 20, 2023  Shabbat Services and Buffet Lunch

Granoff Family Hillel Center,  220 Packard Avenue 

For times and more information, call 617-627-3242 or find details on the Hillel events calendar. 

Interfaith Graduation Lunch at Interfaith Center,  58 Winthrop St., 12:15 p.m. – 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 Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell or Humanist Chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas by May 15.

Baccalaureate Ceremony for the Class of 2023

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. Baccalaureate is a cherished moment during Commencement Weekend, and last time for the senior class to be alone together as a class. One senior is selected to give the class speech, called the Wendell Phillips Address, and the president offers his parting words to the class.  The context is a multifaith and multicultural celebration honoring the diversity of spiritualities, philosophies, and cultures at Tufts in the form of music, readings, and benedictions.  All are welcome, and generally all members of the senior class and their families attend.   For more information, please visit the Baccalaureate website page.

Seniors are asked to wear their cap and gowns, and arrive to Gantcher no later than 2:45 p.m. 

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. Email Hindu Chaplain Preeta Banerjee with any questions, RSVPs appreciated by not required. 

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.

Candlelight Procession Up the Hill Starting at the Mayer Campus Center patio, 10:45 p.m.

Top of the Hill Tribute/Illumination Ceremony President's Lawn, 11:00 p.m.

Ceremonial welcome to Tufts' newest alumni, the Class of 2023. Call the Office of Alumni Relations (617) 627-3526 for information about this event and other Alumni Weekend activities, or visit the Alumni Relations web site.  

Sunday, May 21, 2023 Commencement Ceremony 

Find more information on the Commencement website. 

Saturday, June 3, 2023 Alumni and Guests Open House, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Goddard Chapel is open to all alumni and guests. Come take a self-guided tour through the second oldest building on the Medford campus, and University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger will give welcome remarks at 3:30pm. You can find more about alumni weekends here. 

 

Regular Weekly Gatherings During the Semester

Programs are generally in-person at Goddard Chapel or the Interfaith Center. If you have any questions, please reach out to the chaplain  listed, or contact program manager Nora Bond.