LOGISTICS FOR COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND – May 16-18, 2014
Dean James Stavridis and the faculty and staff of the Fletcher School cordially invite all members of the Fletcher community and their guests to the annual Commencement Weekend exercises and associated events to be held from May 16-18, 2014.
All graduates are expected to participate in the Saturday Class Day Ceremony and both parts of Sunday’s Commencement ceremonies: the All-University Commencement and the Fletcher School ceremony.
We hope that graduates and families will consider attending the Friday evening clambake and the luncheon receptions on both Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule of the weekend’s activities is attached to this memorandum.
Members of the class of 2014 who will not be graduating are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend all the events of the weekend.
Saturday May 17
The Fletcher Class Day Ceremony
The Fletcher School’s class day ceremony begins at 11:30am (assembly at 11:15am).
The ceremony will include:
- Entrance processional
- Dean’s welcome
- Songs by the Ambassachords
- Remarks by a distinguished Fletcher graduate
- Presentation of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy
- Presentation of the Robert B. Stewart Prize to an outstanding first-year Fletcher student
- Presentation of the Edmund A. Gullion Prize to an outstanding second-year Fletcher student
- Presentation of the Leo Gross Prize to a student who has excelled in the law-related courses at Fletcher
- The Peter Ackerman Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
- Presentation of class gifts
- Award of the Dean’s medal to a keynote speaker
- Address by the keynote speaker
The name of the keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.
The ceremony will be held under a tent on Fletcher field
(between Mugar Hall and Professors Row) adjacent to the tennis courts. Graduates do not need to line up in alphabetical order nor wear gaps and gowns. Business attire, military uniform, or national dress is appropriate.
Sunday May 18
All-University Commencement Ceremony
The All-University Commencement in which all schools participate includes the entrance processional, the awarding of degrees by Schools including the official award of the Fletcher degree, the awarding of honorary degrees and the All-University Commencement Address.
This ceremony will be held on the lawn between Ballou and Bendetson Halls, also known as The Green. It is at this ceremony that Dean Stavridis asks our graduates to stand as a group and formally confers Fletcher degrees. All Fletcher graduates are expected to participate. Formation for the Fletcher School student procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Blakeley Courtyard. There is no alphabetical marching order.
At 7:30am (before the All University Commencement Ceremony), a light breakfast for Fletcher students will be served, under a tent in Blakeley courtyard, including champagne toasts delivered by several members of the graduating class. Please arrive at the breakfast in cap and gown.
The Fletcher School Commencement Ceremony
The Fletcher School will hold its diploma awarding ceremony at approximately 11:15 a.m., immediately after the All-University Ceremony ends. It will be held under the same tent on Fletcher field
that was used for the Class Day ceremony.
All Spring 2014 Fletcher degree candidates and Fall 2013 degree recipients should assemble inside Blakeley Hall Courtyard by 11:15 a.m. or immediately after the conclusion of the All-University ceremony, whichever occurs first. For this ceremony graduates will march in alphabetical order.
Students who received degrees Fall 2013 may march in the May ceremony if they have not marched in a prior Commencement ceremony.
The ceremony will include:
Saturday and Sunday Luncheon Receptions
- Entrance Processional
- Dean’s Welcome
- Presentation of the James L. Paddock Teaching Award to a faculty member who best exemplifies excellence in teaching
- Faculty address by the Paddock prize recipient
- Remarks by two graduating students selected by the Class of 2014
- Presentation of degrees to individual students and doctoral hooding
- Closing remarks
Following both the Fletcher Class Day Ceremony on Saturday and the Fletcher Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, there will be luncheon receptions for all members of the community and their families.
The receptions will occur under the “clambake” tent on Fletcher field
, adjacent to the commencement ceremony tent.
Tickets are not needed for the Saturday and Sunday ceremonies nor are they needed for the Saturday and Sunday luncheon receptions. Seating for guests at the ceremonies is on a first-come first served basis. The tent is very large and easily accommodates all guests. If you have guests who need special accommodations (i.e, use wheelchairs), please notify Michelle Frankfort ASAP so that we can make special arrangements for their seating at Michelle.Frankfort@tufts.edu
Friday Night May 16
New England Clambake
Students and their guests are invited to join the Fletcher community and Fletcher alumni at the annual alumni reunion Clambake on Friday evening, May 16. The event will take place on Fletcher Field
, under a tent, and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are necessary to attend the clambake.
Information regarding the purchase of tickets will be available in mid April from the Fletcher School’s Alumni Relations Office.
In conclusion, if you have any questions about commencement weekend, please do not hesitate to contact Shelley Adams at (617) 627-3085 or Shelley.firstname.lastname@example.org
. We look forward to seeing you and your family and guests during the weekend.