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Proud family members pose with the grad at Wave Goodbye

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. Our intent is to hold the University Commencement Ceremony, where degrees are conferred, as scheduled on Saturday, May 22, in a virtual format. Additionally, in-person, school-based ceremonies are scheduled in Yulman Stadium in the days immediately preceding Commencement – May 19-21, 2021.  Attendance at these in-person ceremonies will be limited to graduating students and no more than four guests per graduate.

This hybrid format will give graduates the opportunity to walk across the stage at socially distanced, in-person ceremonies, while also celebrating their incredible accomplishments during the virtual ceremony, in smaller settings at home with family.

More information will be published on this site as details are confirmed.

Wave Goodbye

Due to current restrictions in the city of New Orleans, large-scale festivals like Wave Goodbye are not currently permitted.

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. This virtual ceremony will include the keynote address by Ruby Bridges, the conferral of degrees, special musical guests and much more.

The Unified Commencement Ceremony, where degrees are conferred, will be livestreamed on commencement.tulane.edu on Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. CDT.

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 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.


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 this year, comfortable, breathable, lightweight fabrics and sensible footwear will be key to a successful commencement experience.

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. 


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.