March 12, 2010

Good Morning,

Tulane's commencements are unique and well-known throughout the higher education community.

Our stellar graduates, acclaimed speakers, world-class jazz musicians and one-of-a-kind New Orleans traditions are all part of what makes our commencements so special. Harnessing and harmonizing these disparate parts into a memorable expression of scholarly achievement is the responsibility of our commencement staff and the cadre of volunteers who support them each year.

I honestly don't know how they do it. I only know that from the stage it appears as a seamless, almost dreamlike production. We already have more than 50 volunteers for this year's commencement which will take place on Saturday, May 15. If you'd like to join them please sign up on the volunteers website.

All volunteers will receive a commemorative pin, breakfast and lunch the day of Commencement and a wonderful thank-you party with great food and drink the following week at Rock 'n' Bowl. Best of all, you get to work with some of the friendliest and most dedicated people at this or any other university.

A reminder to graduates: GradFest will take place March 16 and 17 from noon to 6 p.m. in the Qatar Ballroom on the second floor of the Lavin Bernick Center for University Life. This is the opportune time for you to get everything you need for graduation including your cap and gown, graduation announcements, ring, diploma frame and more. It is also a chance for you to meet with representatives from Accounts Receivable, Career Services and Financial Aid. For more information, call University Services at 504-862-8064 or visit the GradFest 2010 website.

Have a great weekend,


Office of the President Emeritus, 1555 Poydras St, Suite 700, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-274-3638