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8 March 2021, Tufts Now | Tufts has announced plans for its university-wide commencement ceremony to be held virtually on May 23, citing COVID-19 concerns. Individual schools at Tufts are in the process of finalizing the plans for their own ceremonies and will be communicating those plans to their communities shortly. In his message to the Tufts community on March 8, President Anthony P. Monaco said uncertain public health conditions, shifting state and local guidelines about public gatherings, and changing travel restrictions informed the decision about the format of the university-wide ceremony. This ceremony typically draws nearly 2,000 graduates and upwards of 8,000 guests to the Medford/Somerville campus’s Academic Quad on the Sunday morning of Commencement weekend.