Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for the 2020 Tufts Commencement scheduled for May 17, 2020 were altered. President Tony Monaco announced on March 26, 2020 that the Commencement would be held online in the school's first virtual Commencement. Because of the overwhelming preference expressed by students, a letter from President Monaco announced on March 30, 2020 that in-person ceremonies would take place as soon it would be safe to do so. On May 17, 2020 at 8:00 am a pre-recorded online all-university Degree Conferral Ceremony was posted on the Tufts 2020 Commencement website to honor 2020 graduates. Many graduate schools also held separate school-specific Phase II virtual Commencement ceremonies.