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The University Commencement Ceremony, where degrees are conferred, will be virtual and held on Saturday, May 22. It will be streamed on this site. 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.

Know Before You Go

  • Doors open for all ceremonies 45 minutes before the start time of the ceremony.
  • Graduates should arrive dressed in regalia and will enter through Flower Way (between Turchin Stadium and the Wilson Center).
  • Parking will be available for graduates and guests in Diboll Garage.
  • Rideshare, Taxi and ADA Drop Off will be on Ben Weiner Drive at Game Day Plaza. Ben Weiner will be one way from Claiborne to Janet Yulman Way. Please note that rideshare availability in New Orleans has drastically decreased over the past year. Plan your transportation ahead of time to avoid delays.
  • Guests will enter through Gate B. All guests, including children, MUST have a mobile ticket to enter. No re-entry allowed.
  • Masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals based on the recent health protocol updates per the CDC, LDH and the City of New Orleans. However, since there are still masking requirements in place for educational facilities – we ask that all students and guests wear masks upon entry.
  • Security will conduct bag checks for all students and guests upon entry to the stadium. Prohibited items in Yulman Stadium include: alcohol; artificial noise makers; backpacks, book bags, knapsacks; banners (large or in poor taste); contraband; containers of any kind, thermos bottle, bottles and cans; coolers; fireworks; flammables; footballs or throwing objects; glass; large bags – maximum size 12” x 12”; laser pointers; outside food and beverages; projectiles; stadium seatback chairs with aluminum/metal; stickers; sticks, bats, poles, clubs, flags or banners with poles; strollers – (umbrella strollers that will collapse and be placed under guest seat are permitted); weapons, even with concealed weapons permit; unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones); or any other item(s) deemed unacceptable by stadium security and Tulane University.

Yulman Stadium map


Graduates and their guests will be encouraged to exit after the graduate’s name is called and the graduate crosses the stage. All graduates and guests will be directed to Gates B & C to exit the stadium. Brown Field will be the meet up point and will include special photo ops for all grads and their guests.

Keep in Mind

It is generally warm and humid in New Orleans in May 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 held outdoors at Yulman Stadium this year, comfortable, breathable, lightweight fabrics and sensible footwear will be key to a successful Commencement experience.


Grad Fest

Grad Fest gives all graduating students the opportunity to get everything you will need for graduation, including cap & gown, Tulane Ring, graduation announcements, diploma frame, and more. For more information on ordering visit the Grad Fest website.

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. At this virtual ceremony, expect to see keynote addresses, conferral of degrees and special musical guests.

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


Students must wear regalia at all in-person ceremonies in order to participate and walk across the stage at commencement. Regalia will be available to purchase online

  • Order regalia by Friday April 16, 2021 to receive in time for commencement and avoid late fees

Also note, students receiving two degrees can purchase either or both tassels.

Former and current students of The School of Professional Advancement with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater should contact sopa@tulane.edu to receive a Military Graduation Honor Cord; all other honorably discharged U.S. Veteran students or Active Duty service members should contact Belinda Ramie at bramie@tulane.eduveterans@tulane.edu or call 504 865-5231.

All graduates shall be permitted to wear only those stoles or honor cords earned through University Honors, or recognized organizations officially sanctioned by the University, or by U.S. Military Veterans who attain the prescribed academic achievement to earn Veteran’s cords. Personal stoles or cords are not permitted. Tulane encourages students’ personal expressions of creativity in the decoration of mortar boards (robe decorating is not permitted), while reserving neck-worn stoles and cords only for officially recognized honors.


With the exception of Doctor of Medicine students, diploma distribution will not change and all graduates will receive their diplomas delivery four to six weeks after degree conferral. The diploma will be mailed to the diploma mailing address provided by the student on the application for degree. This address can be updated via Gibson Online at the “Update Diploma Address” link found under the Student tab. 

Student Information Records

If you have chosen to withhold your directory information from disclosure by selecting the confidentiality box in your Gibson account, you will not appear in the newspaper listings of graduates or any other external report on Tulane Commencement. This confidentiality flag can be updated through Gibson Online.