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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.


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. 

All commencement activities originally scheduled for May 15-16 have been postponed, including Wave Goodbye. Rescheduled commencement activities will include as many of the traditional campus festivities that typically occur on commencement weekend as possible. As soon as more details for the postponed festivities are finalized, they will be announced via email and posted on this site. 

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.

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. 

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 typically at various times and locations on the Friday and Saturday of commencement weekend. 

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. 


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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