Tufts Remembers March 2020

the cannon with the message, We’ll meet again soon on the hill.” on the eve of what would have been the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020

On the Front Lines

The Index Case and the First 48 Hours

Margaret Higham of Tufts Health Service recalls the moment that the COVID-19 virus arrived on the Medford/Somerville campus. Read more »

On Rotation in Italy, A Medical Student Gets Her First Glimpse of the Pandemic

Elise Steinberger, M20, was far from home on a surgical rotation in Italy when the novel coronavirus became a serious threat. Read more »

United Against COVID-19: How Fletcher School Military Fellows Joined Forces with Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medical Center's emergency management director recounts what it meant to have the support of Fletcher School military fellows. Read more »

Life on Hold

The Artistic Process—Paused

Two SMFA at Tufts students revisit the moment they learned of the COVID-related closure—and how they continued to create in their new environments. Read more »

A Winning Season, Abruptly Ended

The Tufts women's basketball team was an unstoppable force until they met an unprecedented opponent: COVID-19. Read more »

How COVID Canceled a Lacrosse Season that Had Barely Begun

The head coach of the men's lacrosse program shares the experience of finding out the team's season would end four games in. Read more »

The Essential Workers

Campus Heroes

Showing up during a pandemic wasn’t in anyone’s job description. But for more than a year, hundreds of Tufts employees have been reporting to work on the four campuses, keeping the university running. Meet some of the members of the Tufts community who have helped Tufts confront and overcome challenges most never could have imagined.  Meet our hero workers >>

Providing Resources

A Network of Support

Jared Jaramillo, E21, describes the experience of being supported by faculty, staff, and friends, who rose to meet the moment last spring. Read more »

Aid Boosted, in a Time of Need

The COVID-19 Financial Aid Match increased support for undergraduates whose families had been hit hard by the pandemic. Read more »

Stepping Up to Respond

Aiding a Food Supply Network amid COVID

When COVID struck, a group of Friedman School students came together to provide technical assistance to food systems organizations in the area of food security. Read more »

Donating Critical Supplies to Area Healthcare Facilities

As it continued to provide emergency veterinary care for its own patients, Cummings School also donated PPE, ventilators, and other medical supplies urgently needed in the community. Read more »

The Toothaches That Can't Wait

When the pandemic arrived, Tufts’ dental emergency clinic sprang into action. Read more »

Research and Learning

A Lab with All the Comforts of Home... Because It Was

Last spring, Tufts researchers explored the idea of conducting more experiments from home, with benefits for scientists and society. Read more »

In Defense of Online Defenses

Robert Cerulli, A13, M22, GBS22, became an unexpected pioneer in mid-March when he presented his thesis to a virtual audience. Read more »

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