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From the pop and sizzle of fireworks to the buzz and beat of New Orleans Jazz, Tulane's commencement is an experience unlike any other. In New Orleans and at Tulane we march to the beat of our own drum, and that spirit is infused into every part of the University Commencement Ceremony. University Commencement brings together all Tulane grads, from undergraduate to graduate and professional students to celebrate the pomp and circumstance of the day, which includes the procession of graduates and faculty, the keynote address, and the conferral of degrees. Graduates also participate in their school's individual ceremony, where they walk across the stage and have their picture taken.

All in-person commencement activities originally scheduled for May 15-16 have been postponed. The university is exploring all options for rescheduling the ceremonies and additional information will be posted on this site as details are confirmed. The conferral of degrees will still take place on schedule on May 16 and President Fitts will invite graduates and their families to participate in a virtual event to acknowledge this academic achievement. 

Future Commencement Dates
May 22, 2021
May 21, 2022
May 20, 2023

Past keynote speakers in recent years include U.S. Presidents President George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton; award-winning actress Helen Mirren; news anchors Hoda Kotb and Anderson Cooper; jazz musician Wynton Marsalis; comedian Ellen DeGeneres; and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. 

The practice of wearing caps and gowns to signify a graduate’s educational passage from one level to the next extends back to medieval universities.