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Tulane Commencement

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 Unified Commencement Ceremony at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome. The Unified Ceremony 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.


Jesmyn Ward to deliver Keynote Address

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who has been hailed as the heir to William Faulkner and one of TIME magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018, will deliver the keynote address for Tulane University’s Commencement at 9 a.m., May 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Your Memories on the Big Screen

Graduates can share the highlights of their Tulane career with family and friends as they wait for the event to begin!

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Parent Programs: Commencement Webinar

The video recording of the Commencement Preparation Webinar reviews information for parents on what to expect on commencement day and how to best plan your commencement weekend. 

  • Grad Fest: ordering regalia, announcements, rings, diploma frames, photos and more (7:15)
  • Lodging and rental car resources (14:40)
  • Commencement weekend events: Wave Goodbye, unified & school ceremonies, wheelchair accessibility, parking, etc. (16:00)
  • Wrapping up on campus (39:40)
  • Tulane Alumni Association resources for new graduates (44:20)
  • Q & A (47:29 - 1:17:07)
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Get Social
Get Social

Our graphic designers have created some fun tools to help you celebrate on social media leading up to Commencement! 

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2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of Unified Commencement, a ceremony honoring graduates from all ten schools and colleges at Tulane University. 

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.