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   Page Last Modified Jan 26, 2015 

Q: What is the Unified Commencement Ceremony?

A: 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 but with a New Orleans twist. At this ceremony you can expect to see the procession of graduates and faculty, the conferral of degrees and hear live jazz.

Recent keynote speakers include President George H. W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, NBC news anchor Brian Williams, political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Thomas Friedman, Lisa Jackson, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Wynton Marsalis.

Q: Can I reserve seats in the Superdome?

A: No. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved.

Q: How long will the unified ceremony last?

A: About 90 minutes.

Q: How early may guests arrive for Commencement?

A: The doors will open at 7:30 a.m.

Q: When do things start?

A: Live music starts at 8:30 a.m. The colorful academic procession starts at 9 a.m. and the stage ceremony at the conclusion of the procession, by about 9:30 a.m.

Q: What about parking at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? Is there a shuttle from the uptown campus?

A: You can park at the Superdome for $15 (cash only). There will also be free shuttle service from Tulane's uptown campus.

Q: What about attendees who are physically challenged?

A: Guests with physical challenges should enter the Superdome through gate A (Poydras St.) on the ground level. This entrance is a covered drop-off area for disabled access. Wheelchairs will be available for transportation to and from handicapped seating; however, for those who wish to have a wheelchair with them at all times, it will be necessary to bring one with you. Handicapped-accessible shuttle service will be available.

Q: What is Wave Goodbye?

A: Wave Goodbye is an annual party given by the president that is 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 15, 6-8 p.m.


The event will features local food and music. Wine and beer will be available for purchase (cash only).

Q: Are tickets required for Wave Goodbye?

A: Yes, tickets are required. Each graduating student can receive a maximum of seven tickets, one of which the student will need to use to enter the party. Children 10 years and younger will not need tickets. Tickets for graduates are available on this website in the weeks before the event.

Faculty members participating in commencement exercises are allotted two tickets each. Participating faculty can request tickets via this website in the weeks before the event. See the "For Faculty" page of this site for more information. 

Q: What is GradFest?

A: GradFest is where students can order their academic regalia, announcements, cap-and-gown pictures, etc. GradFest will be held March 3 and 4, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the LBC. 

Q: Where do I order diploma ceremony photos?

A: Candid Campus Photography will be on hand at various diploma ceremonies to photograph candidates receiving their diploma covers. Photographs can be viewed and ordered within 48 hours after the ceremony at
A proof order form will be sent out approximately 5 to 7 days following graduation. This form may be used to order official photographs by mail. For faster service, order online. For customer service, please call Candid Campus Photography, Inc. at 1-800-233-3686 or e-mail
Graduates from the following schools can preregister in order to receive their proofs as quickly as possible following the diploma ceremony:


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