Commencement and Ceremonies
Welcome to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Ceremonies and Commencement page. Below you will find information on the upcoming DMD commencement ceremonies, as well as a link to photos from previous years’ ceremonies, including the White Coat ceremony, senior graduation dinners, and luncheons. If you have additional questions, please contact Maggie McMorrow, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Career Services, via phone (617) 636-6543 or email at Maggie.McMorrow@tufts.edu.
We are proud of the achievements of the 2020 classes and look forward to sharing this special event with you. The information on the page will provide details regarding commencement. If you have additional questions, please contact Maggie McMorrow, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Career Services, via phone (617) 636-6543 or email at Maggie.McMorrow@tufts.edu.
All University Ceremony
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Location: The Green (Between Ballou Hall & Bendetson Hall), Tufts University Medford Campus
Time: 9:00 am
The All-University Ceremony consists of greetings by University President Anthony Monaco, the presentation of honorary degrees, an address by the Commencement speaker, and the overall conferring of degrees by the Board of Trustees. During this segment, the graduates of each school of the University who are in attendance will be asked to rise and stand as a group in place while the degrees are conferred. At the conclusion of these events, all graduates will march out in a recessional and go to their respective graduation sites for the school-specific graduation ceremonies. Tickets are not required and the ceremony is not held in a tented location. Please note that the ceremony will proceed regardless of weather, but may be abbreviated in the case of inclement weather. For more information, please go to commencement.tufts.edu.
Dental School Commencement Ceremony
Location: Carmichael Quadrangle (in front of Carmichael Hall)
Time: 11:00 am
The Dental School’s ceremony will begin with the degree candidate processional, starting at approximately 11 am. During the Dental School’s ceremony, graduates will be recognized by name to receive their diploma and will be hooded with their doctoral hood. Tickets are not required and there is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. The ceremony will generally last 2.5 hours. Following the ceremony, graduates will take a class photograph and there will be a reception with light refreshments in front of Miller Hall next to the site. Please note that the ceremony will process as planned regardless of weather and that the ceremony is held under a tent.
The Commencement Guide provides helpful information for graduates as they prepare for the ceremony.
Please note that a photography company, Commencement Photos Inc., will photograph each graduate when they receive their diploma from Dean Karimbux. The company will then contact students and families by mail several weeks after Commencement regarding the purchase of these photos. In addition, the Student Affairs Office will hire photographers to take a photograph of each graduate on stage which will then be available for download from the website after the event.
Parking, Public Transportation and Directions
Approximately 14,000 people will attend the All-University graduation. If you are driving to the campus, Campus Police officers on-site will direct you to park in designated parking areas/lots. Shuttle buses will run from the Gantcher Athletic Center and the Dowling Parking Facility to the various graduation sites. If you are planning to use the shuttle service, please plan your timing accordingly. The shuttles can be quite full and also delayed due to the overall number of people attending Commencement.
If you choose to take public transportation, take the Red Line to Davis Square Station. Exit the Davis Square Station on the College Avenue side. You may take the #94 or #96 bus and if so, ask the driver to stop across from the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston Avenues. You can also walk 15 minutes along College Avenue to the Tufts campus. If you walk, turn right out of the subway station and follow College Avenue around a traffic circle. The Tufts Campus will be on your left.
Please be advised that family members who have difficulty getting to the Dental Commencement location can be driven directly to the site. Campus Police will then direct the car away from the site for parking in an alternate location parking lot. Additional information regarding disability services at Commencement can be viewed on the Tufts University website.
If you have a family member in a wheelchair and would like to request special seating at the dental ceremony, please contact Maggie McMorrow in the Dental School Office of Student Affairs.
Public Safety Information
Parents, family members and guests of graduating Tufts students can opt-in to TuftsAlert to receive emergency alerts before and during commencement. Should an issue, severe weather, or other emergency arise, a text message would be sent alerting you of the effected campus, the issue and emergency instructions.
To receive emergency alerts via text message during commencement, please text keyword Tufts2020 to 67283. You will receive a welcome text to confirm joining TuftsAlert for Commencement 2020. This will be valid May 11-25.
Please be aware that there is not a room block or guaranteed pricing at any hotel. Parents and guests are urged to make arrangements and reservations as soon as possible because space is at a premium this time of year.
Medford On-Campus Housing Options
The Tufts Conference and Event Services department will provide on-campus housing May 14, 15, 16, and 17 in the residence halls. Rates will be $80 per night for a single room and $100 per night for a double. Due to fire safety policies, only one person is allowed in a single room, and only 2 people are allowed in a double room. Bed linens and hand towels will be provided. It is suggested that guests of on-campus housing bring bath towels and an alarm clock. Guests should also be aware that on-campus housing rooms are not equipped with phones; cell phones are recommended.
On-campus housing at Tufts University includes a complimentary breakfast following each night of stay. A full-menu breakfast will be available each morning in the dining hall. Complimentary breakfast tickets will be distributed during the check-in to on-campus housing. The check-in location is Carmichael Hall, 200 Packard Avenue.
Reservations for on-campus housing can be made via online registration starting on March 2, 2020. Additional information about on-campus housing can be found at http://commencement.tufts.edu/visiting-tufts/oncampus-housing/.
All reservations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2020. Any changes to reservations resulting in a refund will be subject to a 10% processing fee. If an online cancellation is received on or before 5:00 p.m. on May 1st, a full refund will be made, minus a 10% processing fee. After 5:00 p.m. on May 1st all payments will be non-refundable.
To contact Conference and Events Services for information (not reservations) regarding on-campus housing during Commencement weekend, please call (617) 627-3568.