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Tulane Commencement

From the pop and sparkle 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. 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 cross the stage and have their pictures taken.

Commencement weekend for the Class of 2023 is May 19-20 and is filled with events around campus and plenty of reasons for grads and guests to celebrate in New Orleans. Larger ceremonies typically take place Friday and Saturday, with smaller awards ceremonies and receptions beginning in the week leading up to commencement. We are excited to announce that this year’s Unified Commencement Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in Yulman Stadium. See the schedule for the full list of events!

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Save the Date!

Future commencement dates are pending until final approval. Pencil these in for future celebrations. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024
Saturday, May 17, 2025


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.