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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 Unified Commencement Ceremony and all of the other moments inbetween, 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 on Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m.

This year's event features local music by Meschiya Lake + The Little Big Horns and multiple booths that serve a variety of New Orleans food in small plates. Wine and beer will be available for purchase (cash only). Each graduate is allotted seven tickets, one of which they will need for themselves. Tickets 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. 

Unified Commencement Ceremony

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. The Unified Commencement Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 and usually ends around 11 a.m. at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Following the conclusion of the Unified Commencement Ceremony, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will remain open for guests awaiting the start of graduation ceremonies for the School of Liberal Arts (1 p.m.) and the School of Social Work (noon).  Guests leaving the Superdome may re-enter prior to the afternoon ceremonies. For a full listing of other ceremonies and events, visit the Schedule

Guest Entrance

Guests should proceed up the ramp at Poydras St., Gate A entrance or up the stairs from the parking garage to the exterior plaza entrance and enter through Gate C. Seating is available on the Plaza level, with additional seating on the Club level.

ADA Guests

Guests with physical challenges and other guests who need assistance should enter the Superdome through gate A (Poydras St.) on the ground level. This entrance is a covered drop-off area for disabled access. Wheelchair accessible seating in the Superdome is limited on commencement day, and is reserved for wheelchair bound guests. However volunteers will be on hand with wheelchairs to help transport guests who need assistance to and from the seating areas.

Tickets

Tickets are not required for the Unified Commencement Ceremony or any of the individual school ceremonies. Tickets for Wave Goodbye are issued to graduating students via Gibson Online in the weeks before the event. 

Parking and Shuttles

Parking is available at the Superdome for $15 (cash only). If you plan to depart from the uptown campus, free shuttle buses will run from the uptown campus to the Superdome. A continuous loop will also run from the Superdome to the Convention Center for the medical school ceremony. Handicapped-accessible shuttle service will be available. Taxis will be available outside the Superdome at the Gate A (Poydras St.) ground level entrance. 

Security and Bag Checks

For security, bag checks and metal detectors will be located at every entrance at commencement. Guests should account for time to get through security screenings when planning arrival times. Clear bags are not required. The size limit for bags is 12" x 12" x 6" if it is not a clear bag. The Superdome is likely to be lenient if the bag is a little larger than the exact dimensions stated, but will likely require oversized bags and backpacks to be checked at the Guest Relations Center at the Gate A Plaza level entrance and picked up at the end of the ceremony. Exceptions will be made for bags used for medical supplies (diabetes, oxygen, etc.).

Refreshments

Refreshments will be available for purchase on the Plaza level of the Superdome throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside the Superdome and will not be sold during commencement.

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 for the Unified Commencement Ceremony, guest attire usually ranges from business casual {slacks and polos or day dresses} to dressier options such as a cocktail dress or suit and tie, and is highly dependent on what other plans guests have for commencement day.

School Ceremonies

In addition to the Unified Commencement Ceremony, 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 during commencement weekend. Visit the Schedule page for more details about these ceremonies.

Campus Map

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

Travel

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, diploma frames and DVDs of Tulane Commencement are available to order from the Tulane Bookstore. DVDs are $39.95 each and shipping is $7.50. Contact the Tulane Bookstore at 504-865-5913 for more information or to place an order by phone. The bookstore also carries limited merchandise offerings at the Unified Ceremony in the Superdome on commencement day. 

 

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