A Step into the Unknown Commencement at Tufts University

Honorary Degree Recipients

Since 1858, Tufts has awarded honorary degrees to individuals as a gesture of high regard for the recipient. Twice every year, once in early September and once in April, Tufts sends an email to the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Tufts inviting their nominations for prospective honorary degree recipients. Nominations are assessed by the Honorary Degree Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees, in the context of the Tufts’ commitment to education, research and scholarship, and active citizenship. Honorary degrees are given to those with a record of high achievement in their field who represent the ideals and culture of Tufts. Commencement speakers are regularly, although not always, also recipients of honorary degrees. A list of honorary degree recipients is available here.