Class of 2006 will celebrate on May 21

Nearly 2,000 members of the Class of 2006 will receive their diplomas on May 21 during Tufts’ 150th Commencement.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will deliver the main address when ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. on the academic quad on the Medford/Somerville campus. This will be the first commencement speech given by Armstrong, a cancer survivor who has raised millions of dollars for cancer research.

Tufts will award honorary degrees to Armstrong and four other notable individuals: William S. Cummings, A58, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and founder of the real estate development firm Cummings Properties, LLC; Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (ret.), A56, who retired from a distinguished 37-year military career with the U.S. Marine Corps; Lynn Margulis, a pioneering scientist; and the Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M76, a pediatrician, pastor and humanitarian who is leading the Million Voices for Darfur campaign.

Tufts will offer a real-time webcast of the all-university commencement ceremony. For details about the webcast and instructions about testing your technology so that you will be able to access the webcast, visit

Degree-awarding ceremonies for Tufts’ individual schools and departments will follow the main ceremony at 11:30 a.m. These ceremonies, including luncheons, will end by 3 p.m.

The times and places for the awarding of individual undergraduate degrees can be found at To learn more about the ceremonies for the graduate and professional schools, go to