May 20 is the big day for the Class of 2007

Nearly 2,000 members of the Class of 2007 will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 20, during Tufts’ 151st Commencement.

The Tufts careers of the Class of 2007 will be celebrated at Commencement on May 20. © MELODY KO

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Medford, Mass., native, will deliver the main address when ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. on the academic quad on the Medford/Somerville campus. The founder of the financial information and media company Bloomberg L.P., the mayor also will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.

Five other distinguished individuals will also receive honorary degrees: Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) Anderson, one of the leading composers of his generation and Austin Fletcher Professor of Music Emeritus at Tufts; Lord Alec Broers, a pioneer in nanotechnology and chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee; Capt. Frederick H. (Rick) Hauck, A62, former astronaut, combat and test pilot, who flew on three space shuttle missions; Denise Jefferson, director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center; and Thomas C. Schelling, who shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.

In addition, on Saturday, May 19, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, will address the graduates of the Fletcher School during their annual Class Day ceremonies.

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 Arts & Sciences 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

This story appeared in the May 2007 Tufts Journal.