Guests

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Guests pack the stands at Yulman Stadium

Commencement 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. The Unified Commencement ceremony, where degrees are conferred, will be held Saturday, May 18, 2024. School-based ceremonies, where students named are called and they cross the stage are held in the days leading up to Unified Commencement. Check the schedule for the full listing of commencement-related activities.

Unified Commencement

The Unified Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. at Yulman Stadium and will conclude by 8:30 p.m. (pending weather delays or interruptions). At this special milestone ceremony, featuring an academic procession, live jazz, fireworks, and a keynote speech from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham, President Michael A. Fitts will officially confer degrees upon all Tulane University degree candidates (undergraduate, graduate and professional). This ceremony will also be livestreamed on commencement.tulane.edu on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

  • Unified Commencement will be Saturday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Yulman Stadium.
  • Doors open at 5 p.m. and guests can enter at Gates B and C. Guest seating in Yulman Stadium is first come, first served. Glazer Family Club is not open to general seating.
  • Parking is available in Diboll Garage. Guests should enter Ben Weiner Drive from Willow Street. There is no guest access to Diboll Garage from the Claiborne Avenue entrance of Ben Weiner. See parking and shuttle maps for more details.
  • Please note, guests should arrive and be in their seats by 6:25 p.m. for the graduate procession. Guests arriving after 6:25 p.m. will be held in the concourse during the procession and will not be able to access the seating areas until the graduate procession is complete. 
  • All guests and graduates will pass through security upon arrival. 

 

Ticketing

Tickets will be required for all graduates and attendees (ages 3 and up) at Unified Commencement at Yulman Stadium. Graduating students eligible to walk in the May 18 ceremony can request tickets for themselves and their guests via the link sent in the email titled "Important Commencement Update – Please Read" on May 7.

  • The deadline to request tickets for Unified Commencement has passed. No additional tickets will be given out.
  • Tickets will be issued digitally using the same system as home football games.
  • Requesting students' eligibility will be verified before tickets are issued.
  • Name and email address will be required for each ticket.
  • Digital tickets will be emailed to the registered email addresses from gowavego@tulane.edu on Wednesday, May 15, with subject line Your Tulane Mobile Tickets Have Arrived!
    • Upon receipt, follow the detailed instructions within that email to view and download tickets.
    • For assistance downloading tickets, please watch this video.
    • Ticketing staff will be available outside the stadium to assist day-of.
  • The ticket registration form allows each graduating student to request up to 10 tickets; however, we anticipate fulfilling all reasonable requests for additional tickets.
  • Only eligible graduating students can request tickets; guests may not request tickets directly.
  • Tickets are not required for school ceremonies unless previously announced. Please confirm with individual schools.

 

Wristbands

Wristbands will be required for all graduating students to participate in school ceremonies and Unified Commencement. Students must bring their Splash ID or government-issued ID to the ceremony to receive their wristband. For students not attending school ceremonies, wristbands can also be issued at student lineup at Unified Commencement.  

This wristband will be the graduating students’ credential to participate in commencement exercises, both at school ceremonies and Unified Commencement. Students will not be permitted on stages or in student lineup/seating areas without the university-issued wristband. Again, a wristband will not be issued without the student showing their Splash ID or government-issued ID confirming eligibility. 

Security

The following security measures apply to all students, faculty, staff, and guests participating in commencement events. As with home football games, all attendees and participants at Unified Commencement and school-based ceremonies will go through security and bag checks. Please arrive early to all events to allow adequate time.  

Clear Bag Policy: The University's Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for Unified Commencement and all other school-based diploma and hooding ceremonies. Approved bags are as follows:

  • Clear totes or bags no larger than 12" x 12" x 6".
  • Small, non-clear clutch bags no larger than 4.5" x 6.5".
  • Plastic storage bags no larger than one (1) gallon.
  • Diaper bags (12" x 12" x 6") approved with child present.

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, non-clear garment bags (clear plastic garment bags, such as those distributed at the dry cleaner, are permitted); briefcases; duffel bags; laptop bags; purses; backpacks (solid); fanny packs; mesh bags; patterned plastic bags; camera cases; hard or soft coolers; oversized totes; and reusable grocery bags. 

Prohibited Items: The following items are not allowed into any commencement-related event or student line-up areas and will be confiscated: flags, banners, signs of any size or type; alcohol; artificial noisemakers (including drums, thunder sticks, or other instruments); any type of bag not permitted by the Clear Bag Policy; contraband; containers of any kind; bottles and cans; coolers; fireworks; flammables; footballs or throwing objects; glass; laser pointers; outside food and beverages (except one factory-sealed water bottle); projectiles; stadium seatback chairs with aluminum/metal; stickers; sticks; bats; poles; clubs; strollers (collapsible umbrella strollers that fit under guest’s seat are permitted); weapons (even with concealed weapons permit); drones; or any other item(s) deemed unacceptable by stadium security and Tulane University.

Handheld umbrellas, including graduating students' second line umbrellas, are permitted and will be inspected upon arrival. 

School Ceremonies

In addition to the Unified Commencement ceremony, graduates are invited to the ceremony of the school awarding their degree. At these ceremonies, graduates’ names are called to cross the stage individually. Please note that some schools have separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. The 2024 schedule of school ceremonies will be announced six months in advance. Check the schedule for the full listing of commencement-related activities.

Attire

It can be warm and humid in New Orleans in May. Flexibility and practicality are key to a successful commencement weekend, and guests should plan their attire accordingly. While there is no set dress code, guest attire usually ranges from business casual to dressier options and is highly dependent on what other plans guests have for commencement day.

With in-person events in the outdoor Yulman Stadium, comfortable, breathable, lightweight fabrics and sensible footwear will be key to a successful commencement experience.

Inclement Weather Planning

Unified Commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Yulman Stadium and will proceed rain or shine, unless severe weather (such as lightning, tornadoes, flooding, etc.) poses a significant threat or danger to the personal safety of graduates and attendees. In the event of severe weather, graduates and their guests should plan for two scenarios if the University's rain plan is initiated:

Rain Delay: the start time of the Unified Commencement ceremony could be delayed by up to two hours, for rapidly moving weather events.

For school ceremonies on Friday in Yulman Stadium, a rain delay could occur in order to compensate for rapidly moving weather events. 

Postponement: if necessary, the unified ceremony could be postponed to Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m., weather-permitting. 

If the University's rain plan is initiated, details about the changes will be communicated by:

  • Updates on the Commencement website
  • Text message updates will be sent by the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Guests can sign up for these updates by texting tugrad to 888777.
  • The university’s main social media channels (Instagram: @tulaneu, Twitter/X:
    @Tulane).

 

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.

Show your pride with your Tulane class ring and share your graduation news with official Tulane announcements! Undergraduate students who have completed 60 credit hours and graduate students who have completed half of their required coursework are eligible to purchase their Tulane Ring. Order your rings and announcements from the Balfour website or by calling 1-866-255-3687 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Production time for announcements is 7-10 business days. 

Accessibility

Tulane University strives 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 disability-related accommodations at any Commencement-related event, please complete and submit this form by Wednesday,  May 1, 2024. To make this request by email, contact tugrad@tulane.edu

Due to excessive heat that is customary that time of year, water will be provided to graduates, and each guest will be allowed to bring one factory sealed water bottle into the stadium. There are several refill stations located around the stadium. Water will also be available for purchase.

Tulane University will provide reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act with sufficient notice.

Travel

United Airlines and Southwest Airlines provide Tulane travelers with additional benefits for Commencement travel.

To book discounted airfare on Southwest Airlines qualifying flights, please book via SWABIZ.com using ID# 99579701. Southwest also gives 15% additional Rapid Rewards points to travelers who provide their Rapid Rewards number. Detailed booking instructions can be found here. Booking is available between December 1, 2023 and May 1, 2024 for travel between May 1 and May 25, 2024.

To make flight reservations online with United Airlines, please use discount promotion code ZP6U521668. Booking fees are waived for these reservations. You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk Monday-Friday at 800-426-1122 for booking assistance. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

Information regarding hotel accommodations can be found here.