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Commencement weekend is an opportunity for guests and graduates to celebrate the remarkable achievements of a student’s academic career at Tulane, and our commencement is unlike any other. From Wave Goodbye to the Unified Commencement and all of the other moments in between, it's a special time to be on campus.  

Wave Goodbye

Wave Goodbye is an annual party modeled after New Orleans' many springtime festivals. Graduates from all schools and their guests are invited to mingle on Gibson Quad on the uptown campus. 

The event typically features local music and multiple booths that serve a variety of New Orleans food in small plates. Graduates are allotted tickets, which are issued to graduating students via the Gibson student portal in the weeks before the event.  

Since this is an outdoor event in New Orleans in May, guests should dress accordingly in casual, breathable, comfortable clothing. Please note, Wave Goodbye is an outdoor, casual event that occurs rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, Wave Goodbye may be canceled and would not be rescheduled. 

Unified Commencement

The Unified Commencement Ceremony honors the graduating students from all of the university's schools and colleges. It features the pomp and circumstance expected of a traditional commencement celebration with a New Orleans twist. At this ceremony, expect to see the procession of graduates and faculty, the conferral of degrees and hear live jazz. 

Unified Commencement is on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 9 a.m. in Yulman Stadium. Additional information will be updated on this site as details are confirmed.  

Guests with disabilities and other guests who need accommodations can make a request on this form.

Travel and Transportation

Hotels 

Tulane has preferred relationships with many local hotels that offer discounted pricing during commencement. For more information or to make reservations, visit http://www.dmineworleans.com/tulane-events or contact Destination Management Inc. at 800-488-4364 or ccavalier@visitnola.com. For additional information on other preferred hotel relationships visit https://campusservices.tulane.edu/services/lodging-accommodations

Car Rental 

Tulane has a preferred rental car relationship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car which offers discounts to the Tulane community. Please reference the code 14N0742 and pin TUL when reserving your vehicle at http://www.enterprise.com

Tulane Memorabilia

Tulane memorabilia including diploma frames are available to order from the Tulane Bookstore. Contact the bookstore at 504-865-5913 for more information or to place an order by phone. The bookstore also carries limited merchandise offerings at Unified Commencement Ceremony on commencement day.  

Diplomas

With the exception of Doctor of Medicine students, diploma distribution will not change and all graduates will receive their diplomas delivery four to six weeks after degree conferral. The diploma will be mailed to the diploma mailing address provided by the student on the application for degree. This address can be updated via Gibson Online at the “Update Diploma Address” link found under the Student tab. 

Student Information Records

If you have chosen to withhold your directory information from disclosure by selecting the confidentiality box in your Gibson account, you will not appear in the newspaper listings of graduates or any other external report on Tulane Commencement. This confidentiality flag can be updated through Gibson Online.

Accessibility

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Communications & Marketing at 504-865-5210 or tugrad@tulane.edu

Guests with disabilities and other guests who need accommodations can make a request on this form.