At a ceremony in 1853, the Rev. Hosea Ballou II, first president of Tufts College, shared these thoughts with attendees:

"If Tufts College is to be a source of illumination, as a beacon standing on a hill, where its light cannot be hidden, its influence will naturally work like all light; it will be diffusive."

President Ballou's words continue to guide the university today. They not only light the way for the Tufts community; they extend that illumination to everyone around us, making broad connections that further impact and progress.