Wendell Phillips Address at Baccalaureate Ceremony
History of the Award
Wendell Phillips was a nineteenth-century attorney, orator, abolitionist, and advocate for women's and Native People's rights. The Wendell Phillips Address is intended to deliver a message to inspire the graduating class and all who are gathered to reflect on how a Tufts education, and specifically the experiences of the graduating senior class, might help make the world a better place through constructive civic engagement.
The Wendell Phillips Award was established in 1896. The award is given annually to a senior who demonstrates both marked ability as a speaker and a high sense of public responsibility. Selected by the Committee on Student Life, the winner is the one graduating senior invited to offer a speech as part of Commencement, and the speech takes place during the Baccalaureate Ceremony. The speech is intended to deliver a message about civic engagement in our time.
2021 Wendell Phillips Speaker
Congratulations to Atrey Bhargava, the 2021 Baccalaureate Ceremony winner. Atrey is a senior graduating with a degree in International Relations and Economics. He is from Lucknow, India and is passionate about the intersection of economics, technology, and policy development. Through his years at Tufts, he has been the President of the Tufts Middle East Research Group, a member of the Tufts Debate Society, the Institute of Global Leadership, and 180 Degrees Non-Profit Consulting. He studied abroad at the Tufts-in-Oxford program during his junior year and is going to be working as an economic analyst after graduation. Atrey's speech will be recorded as part of this year's Baccalaureate Ceremony video.
2021 Nomination Process
Faculty, staff, and students may nominate seniors to apply to be the Wendell Phillips Speaker, and seniors many self-nominate. All nominated students will be invited to submit an application, including a letter of application, a resume of leadership and service activities, and a recorded speech.
Applications are reviewed by the Committee on Student Life (CSL), and the CSL will invite finalists to present brief speeches at an open forum during the spring semester, virtually or in Goddard Chapel on the Medford campus. The CSL will then select the winner. This award also carries a cash prize.
The University Chaplaincy assists the CSL in the administration of the award. For more information, please contact the University Chaplain, Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger at email@example.com or 617-627-3427.
Nominations for the 2021 Wendell Phillips Speaker closed on Monday, December 14 at 5 p.m. ET. Thank you to those who nominated an exemplary Tufts senior.
Timeline for the 2020-2021 nomination and selection process