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Proud family members pose with the grad at Wave Goodbye

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 University 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. 

University Commencement Ceremony

The University 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.

University Commencement is on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. in Yulman Stadium and additional information for the ceremony 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.

School Ceremonies

In addition to the University Commencement, graduates and their guests are invited to the ceremony of the school awarding their degree. It is at these graduation ceremonies that a graduate’s name will be called and he or she will walk across the stage. These ceremonies are at various times and locations on the Friday and Saturday of commencement weekend. The Schedule page will have more information about these ceremonies as details are confirmed.

Campus Map

Many of our events are held on the uptown campus. Use our interactive map to find your way.

Travel and Transportation


Tulane has preferred relationships with many local hotels that offer discounted pricing during commencement. For more information or to make reservations, visit or contact Destination Management Inc. at 800-488-4364 or For additional information on other preferred hotel relationships visit

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

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 University Commencement in the Superdome on commencement day. 


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

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


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