Tufts University

Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) Anderson

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Thomas Jefferson (T.J.) Anderson an honorary degree during the University's 151st Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

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Commencement 2007

T. J. Anderson, beloved professor of music at Tufts, department chair and mentor to countless students and colleagues, we are delighted to honor you at this homecoming. In this year when Tufts celebrated the opening of a magnificent new music building, an occasion for which you composed a vibrant fanfare, we reaffirm the central role of the arts in liberal education, and we salute your signature achievements in the field of music. You are a master of composition, a renowned artist whose works are acclaimed for their compelling voice, complexity and brilliance. A dedicated and generous teacher, you have stimulated a passion for music in generations of students. 'Making the music' brings you and your listeners joy. Your ability to engage audiences across generations and musical genres reflects a personality both imaginative and inclusive. Deeply respectful of music's place in history, you founded the National Black Music Caucus to help safeguard our nation's heritage of African American music and bring its message to people worldwide. Your contributions to music, education and society have been recognized with numerous awards, and closer to home, with guest appearances as conductor at Tufts Night at the Pops. Today, the Tufts community proudly welcomes you home, and honors your extraordinary accomplishments with the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa.

Photo by Jodi Hilton for Tufts University Photo

This story originally ran on May 20, 2007.