Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony:
Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

The Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Students will be asked to report back to the Dome by 2:00 p.m. to pick up your ID card and line up with your school. The ceremony will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. and it will take an additional 15 minutes or so for diplomas to be distributed backstage.

For the Unified ceremony, students should enter at Gate G plaza level, but for the Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony, students should enter at Gate A ground level. Guests should enter at Gate C for both ceremonies; guest seating will be in sections 106-122 on the Plaza level. The following maps may be helpful:

Q. Which students will receive their diplomas at the Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony?
A. All full-time undergraduate students receiving degrees from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Science and Engineering will receive their diplomas at this ceremony. Students receiving degrees from the School of Architecture and the School of Continuing Studies will receive their degrees at separate ceremonies (see main Commencement schedule).

Q. Why is the diploma ceremony being held later in the afternoon instead of immediately after the Unified ceremony?
A. Students are expected to arrive at the Dome for the Unified ceremony by 8:00 a.m.; when the Newcomb-Tulane College ceremony is held immediately following the Unified, it typically doesn’t conclude until 1:00 p.m. In years past, students, families, and faculty have felt that this is a very long time to spend at the Dome without a break, so this year Dean MacLaren has decided to add a gap between ceremonies to allow everyone time to take a break and go to lunch.

Q. Do I need tickets for the Diploma Ceremony?
A. No. No tickets are needed for either the Unified or the Diploma Ceremony, and you may bring as many people as you like.

Q. Do we need to attend both the Unified ceremony and the Newcomb-Tulane College ceremony?
A. Both ceremonies are important parts of the overall Commencement experience, and we strongly recommend that you attend both.

Q. If I don’t attend the Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony, how will I get my diploma?
A. Diplomas will be available for pick-up in the Registrar’s office starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21.

Q. I am receiving a joint Master’s of Accounting from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at the ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Will I be able to attend the Newcomb-Tulane College ceremony and the Freeman ceremony?
A. Yes. Dean Solomon will be attending both ceremonies as well.

Q. Will I receive my actual diploma when I cross the stage?
A. No. You will receive an empty diploma case when you cross the stage. After the ceremony concludes, you will pick your diploma up backstage. Please note that no diplomas will be given out before the conclusion of the ceremony.

Q. Will I have to pay twice for parking if I leave the Dome after the Unified and return for the NTC ceremony?
A. No. Parking will be $10 (cash only) and will be valid for re-entry. However, you MUST ask for a re-entry receipt when you arrive for the Unified.

Q. Where should I go with my family for lunch?
A. With over 1,000 restaurants in New Orleans, there are plenty of choices! We recommend a restaurant in the CBD/Downtown, French Quarter, Garden District, Mid-City, or on the Claiborne Avenue side of Uptown. Here are a few links to get you started:

Q: What time should we make our lunch reservation for?
A: We recommend making a reservation between 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. You should let your server know that you need to be back at the Superdome at 2:00 p.m.

Q: Will I be able to leave my cap and gown at the Dome?
A: No. You will need to take your cap and gown with you. When you return to the Dome, you will report directly to the backstage area on the Dome floor; you will not return to the robing rooms.

Q. How will students be organized for the NTC ceremony?
A. Just like at the Unified ceremony, students will be organized by school, but will not be in alphabetical order, so you will be able to sit with your friends.

Q. I am receiving degrees from two different schools. How do I know which one to sit with?
A. You may sit with whichever school you like. If you would like to cross the stage with both schools, you can get into line with the second school when it is their turn to cross the stage.

Q. I am worried that the reader will mispronounce my name. Can I write the phonetic pronunciation on my card for the readers?
A. Please see Pam O’Malley at the Cudd Hall front desk between 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F, no later than Friday, May 11 to record your name for the readers to review. When you pick up your card, you may see a staff member at the Problems/Questions table to have them write in the pronunciation for you; please do not write it in yourself.  

If you have additional questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs at 504-865-5728 or

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