Commencement 2015 Schedule & Timeline


Friday, May 15, 2015

8:00am

Continental Breakfast - Mezzanine Level, Hall of Flags, Cabot Center

(For all members of the Class of 2015-Please see note at the end of timeline about members of the Class of 2015)

8:45am

Fletcher Exit/Commencement Meeting- ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center

(For all members of the Class of 2015)

Representatives from the Offices of (a) Alumni Relations, (b) Career Services, (c) the Registrar’s Office, and (d) the Dean’s Office will speak.

9:30am

Fletcher Commencement Rehearsal - Main Tent on Fletcher Field

(For all graduating students who will receive degrees and/or are approved to march on Sunday)

 4:30pm

John Curtis Perry Farewell Lecture - ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center
Reception following in Hall of Flags

Join members of the Fletcher community for John Curtis Perry's farewell lecture. Please note that this lecture is being managed through the office of the Executive Associate Dean and questions should be directed to Lupita Ervin, Lupita.Ervin@tufts.edy, +1.617.627.5452

5:30pm

Alumni Reunion: Welcome Social and Check-In – Tent on Fletcher Field

(For alumni participating in reunion activities)

Stop by the tent to check in and receive reunion materials. Stay for a drink and light snacks over conversation with fellow alumni and faculty.

6:30pm

New England Clambake – Tent on Fletcher Field

(For alumni, Class of 2015, guests, and Fletcher community members; tickets must be purchased from the Alumni Relations Office)

Welcoming Remarks by Dean James Stavridis

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8:30am

Alumni Reunion: Golden Graduates Breakfast with Dean Stavridis – Location TBD

(Members if the Class of 1965 are invited to attend a special breakfast with the Dean)

9:00am Alumni Reunion: Registration - Hall of Flags, Cabot Intercultural Center
9:00am

Alumni Reunion: Continental Breakfast - Meet and Greet with Dean Stavridis – Mezzanine Level, Hall of Flags, Cabot Center

9:30am

PhD Breakfast - Cabot 703, Cabot Intercultural Center
(For 20145PhD graduates and their guests)

9:30am

Alumni Reunion: Dean's Welcome and Faculty Panel - Location TBD

(For alumni, Class of 2015, and all  Fletcher Community members)

Topic - "Terrorism on the World Stage: From #JeSuisCharlie to Boko Haram"
Join the discussion with Professor Richard Shultz, Professor Ibrahim Warde, and Shahla Al Kli, F09, 2016 PhD candidate. In addition to the panel, Dean Stavridis will convene the panel with a brief (5-15 minute) state of the School.

11:15am

Fletcher Class Day Ceremony - Students Assemble in Blakeley Hall courtyard in business attire, military uniform, or national dress

(For all members of the Class of 2015)

11:30am

Fletcher Class Day Ceremony - Tent on Fletcher Field

(For all members of the Class of 2015, guests, alumni, and Fletcher community members)

The ceremony will include: the entrance processional, Dean’s welcome, songs by the Ambassachords, alumni greeting by Charles Dallara, F75, F86; presentation of the Robert B. Stewart Prize to an outstanding first year student, presentation of the Edmund A. Gullion Prize to an outstanding second year student, presentation of the Leo Gross Law Prize, presentation of the Peter Ackerman award for the outstanding doctoral dissertation, presentation of class gifts; award of the Dean’s medal to Dr. Navi Pillay; and an address by Dr. Pillay.

1:00pm

Fletcher Class Day Luncheon Reception – Tent on Fletcher Field

(For all members of the Class of 2015, guests, and Fletcher community members)

1:00pm

Alumni Reunion: Lunch - Reading Room, Ginn Library

(For alumni participating in reunion activities)

2:00pm

"Our Time Since Fletcher" - Fletcher Classrooms

(For alumni participating in reunion activities)

Classes will convene for an intergenerational discussion on the topics of the day with 2-4 classmates speaking on their career, allowing the opportunity for discussion among peers.

3:30pm

Alumni Reunion: Fletcher Tours - Cabot Intercultural Center, Hall of Flags

Student-led tours depart from the Cabot Intercultural Center, Hall of Flags at 3:30pm and 4:15pm

3:30pm  Alumni Reunion: Fletcher Womens' Network - Crowe Room, Goddard 310

(For all members of the Class of 2015 and Fletcher alumnae)

5:00pm

Alumni Reunion: Social Reception - Hall of Flags, Cabot Intercultural Center

(For alumni participating in reunion activities)

6:30pm

Alumni Reunion: Individual Class Dinners - held off campus

(For alumni participating in reunion activities)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

7:30am

Class of 2015 Champagne Breakfast and Toasts - Assemble in Blakeley Courtyard in cap and gown

(For all members of the Class of 2015)

8:30am

Members of the Class of 2015 assemble on walkway by Mugar Hall. (Note: Cap and Gown are required to participate in the All-University Commencement Ceremony)

8:45am

The Goddard Chapel bells ring to signal the Phase I Academic Procession will begin.

9:00am

Phase I, All-University Commencement Ceremony - Lawn outside Ballou Hall
(For all members of the Class of 2015, guests, alumni, and all Fletcher community members)

Ceremony includes the academic processional, the awarding of degrees by Schools including the official award of the Fletcher degree by Dean Stavridis, the awarding of honorary degrees, and the All-University Commencement address by Dr. Madeline Albright.

11:00am (approx.)
 Phase I Recessional
11:15am (approx.)

Phase II, All-University Commencement Ceremony -Tent on Fletcher Field
(For graduating students who will receive degrees or are approved to march, guests, alumni, and Fletcher community members)

Ceremony includes the academic processional, Dean's welcome, remarks by two graduating students elected by their peers, awarding of the James L. Paddock prize for excellence in teaching to a member of faculty selected by the students, address by the Paddock award recipient, the individual awarding of Fletcher Diplomas, PhD hooding, recessional

1:00pm
(approx)

Fletcher Commencement Reception - Tent on Fletcher field

(For all members of the Class of 2015, guests, alumni, and Fletcher community members)

*The Class of 2015 includes both graduating students who will march and receive degrees and those who are members of the class but who have not yet completed all degree requirements. Members of the Class of 2015 who will not receive degrees are still encouraged to march in the Saturday Class Day ceremony as well as the All University Commencement (Phase I) on Sunday morning. During Phase II, Fletcher Commencement (11:15 on Sunday), only those who will be receiving their degree or have permission are able to march. Permission to march without completing all degree requirements is as follows: For those in the MA or LLM degree program, no more than one degree requirement can be outstanding. For those in the MALD or MIB degree programs, no more than two degree requirements can be outstanding.