A Step into the Unknown Commencement at Tufts University


The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy opened in 1933 and in 1934 the first Fletcher students joined the Commencement ceremony. In 1935 the first Fletcher School Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy was awarded to Irwin Morris Tobin.

In Germany, Hitler's rise to power in Germany began in 1933 and continued throughout the remainder of the decade. At Tufts in 1939, President Leonard Carmichael delivered a Baccalaureate sermon encouraging tolerance and condemning discrimination.

"It seems peculiarly clear that if this America of ours is going to prosper, it must do so by educating each generation to recognize that no racial, economic, religious, or social group possesses a monopoly of desirable or undesirable characteristics."

– Carmichael, Leonard. Baccalaureate Sermon, delivered June 18, 1939