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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.


Grad Fest

Grad Fest is your chance to get everything you will need for graduation, including your cap & gown, Tulane Ring, graduation announcements, diploma frame, and more. Learn more about Uptown Grad Fest and Downtown Grad Fest.

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Keynote Speakers

Past keynote speakers at the Unified Commencement Ceremony include President George H. W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, NBC news anchor Brian Williams, political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Thomas Friedman, Lisa Jackson, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Wynton Marsalis, Maya Rudolph, Hoda Kotb and most recently Dame Helen Mirren.

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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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Social Media

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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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.