Commencement Weekend in Pictures

All-University Commencement Ceremony, Baccalaureate Service, and Illumination Ceremony 

Despite the unseasonably warm weather on May 22, the cheers were as loud and the smiles as broad as they ever have been at the morning's all-university ceremony. Award-winning author Erika Lee, J91, delivered the Commencement address to the Class of 2022 on the Green of the Medford/Somerville campus. Here, we share photos from that event as well as special moments from Commencement weekend.


Illumination: A Tufts Tradition

The Illumination Ceremonies are a longstanding and beloved Tufts tradition that take place in the first weeks of new student Orientation and again on the eve of Commencement. According to legend, when Charles Tufts donated the land for the university to be built upon, he said he would put “a light on that hill.” By lighting candles during Illumination, we remind ourselves of our responsibility as a community to seek knowledge and to partner with communities and the world beyond to promote peace.

A Cherished Moment: Baccalaureate Service

On May 21, the Baccalaureate Service marked the last time the undergraduate class came together as a group before Commencement. This multifaith celebration, begun in 1864, honors the heritage of spirituality and values at Tufts through a diversity of religions, philosophies, and cultures in the form of music, readings, and blessings. 

University Chaplain Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger welcomed guests to the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center and President Anthony Monaco addressed the class. René LaPointe Jameson, E22, gave the Wendell Phillips Address. Tiffany Hsiao, A22, Talia Kee, A22, Andrew Zhang, E22, and Eric Zaks, E23, gave an instrumental musical performance.

a crowd of people at the bachalaureate ceremony

Photo: Alonso Nichols

Cheers from friends

At the Baccalaureate Service, friends of Wendell Phillips speaker Rene LaPointe Jameson, E22, cheer during her remarks.

Visit Commencement 2022 for complete Tufts Now coverage of Commencement events and more on the Class of 2022.

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