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Due to current restrictions to university operations due to COVID-19, the university is exploring options for scheduling spring commencement ceremonies.


Tulane faculty at SOPA

Commencement weekend is an important opportunity for faculty to celebrate academic accomplishments with graduates and your fellow faculty members. Tulane encourages faculty to participate in some of the university's most high-profile events including Wave Goodbye, the University Commencement Ceremony and all of the individual school ceremonies during the weekend.

University Commencement

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. 

Wave Goodbye

Wave Goodbye is an annual party on the Gibson Quad that is modeled after New Orleans' many springtime festivals. All faculty participating in Commencement are allotted two tickets to the party. An online form for faculty requesting tickets will be available on this website in the weeks before commencement. 


Faculty participating in the academic procession must wear academic regalia. Faculty on the uptown campus who need to order regalia should visit the Tulane Bookstore on the first floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center or call 504-865-5913. Faculty on the downtown campus should visit the Health Sciences Bookstore or call 504-988-5204.

Commencement Questions? Email us.