Congratulations to all Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 2022 Graduates!
May 22, 2022
The Commencement Ceremony is divided into two phases.
Phase I is the University-wide ceremony in which all schools participate. It includes the academic procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, recognition of faculty emeriti, recognition of degree candidates by school, and the all-university Commencement address. The Phase I ceremony begins at 9 am on the lawn of the main quad between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall on the Medford campus and typically lasts for 90 minutes.
Phase II of Commencement at Tufts consists of the presentation of diplomas to individual graduates and special activities for the various schools and departments. The School of Medicine/Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) specific ceremony (MD Degree, PhD Degree and the GSBS Master's Degree) will begin at approximately 11:30 am in the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center. The Gantcher Center is located at 161 College Avenue, and is about a ten minute walk from the Phase I ceremony. The Medical/GSBS ceremony will conclude at approximately 2 pm.
The weather in May is sometimes unpredictable and we encourage guests to dress accordingly. The Phase I University-wide ceremony is held outdoors. The Phase II Medical/GSBS ceremony takes place in an indoor facility without air conditioning. If you will be attending both the Phase I and the Phase II ceremonies, we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes because you will descend the Tufts Memorial Steps which are steep, and then continue down College Avenue to the Gantcher Center.
Seating for the Phase I and Phase II Ceremonies
The Phase I and II ceremonies do not offer reserve seating. However, the Gantcher Center provides ample seating for the Medical/GSBS graduates and their guests. The doors to the Gantcher Center will open at 10 am.
Whether you are a graduating student or a guest, service animals—as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—are allowed at commencement ceremonies. All other animals are prohibited from University commencement ceremonies.
Parking on Commencement Day will be available in all university parking areas. Parking facilities will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The university is located in a residential neighborhood and street parking is extremely limited. You should allow yourself extra time to secure parking since there will be significant traffic on the Medford campus that morning. We recommend that you carpool if possible.
Some guests have found it to be more convenient to use a taxi service or public transportation. A University shuttle will be making regular trips from the Davis Square - Red Line MBTA station to the main campus and the Gantcher Center (at the Eliot-Pearson turn-around). More information regarding the shuttle service is available on the Commencement website.
Class of 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
The virtual 2021 Commencement ceremony is available to watch online.
Class of 2020 Commencement Celebrations
Tufts is pleased to celebrate 2020 graduates on Friday, May 27, 2022. All 2020 GSBS graduates are invited to attend the all-University celebration. For more information on the University-wide recognition of 2020 graduates, see the Commencement 2020 website.