Friday, 28 of July of 2017

Alan Solomont ’70

Currently serving as the United States’ ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont was part of Tufts’s famed class of 1970, which staged the only mass boycott of Commencement ceremonies in the University’s history. The participation in what was called “counter-commencement” was massive; “maybe 50 people” went to the official ceremonies as one student remembered. Professor Daniel Mulholland, whose interview can be found on the main oral history page, gave the keynote address. Ambassador Solomont recalls his days at Tufts, and particularly his political activism and participation in the Lewis “Freefer” Hall protests, quite fondly and vividly.

Listen to Alan Solomont (full)

First Political Issue

“Initial Rush”

Political Climate

Knocking on Doors

Not Our Issue

Ballou Hall


“A Certain Joyfulness”

Building Blocks

“Kind of Confrontational”

Later On


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