Tulane Commencement a New Orleans-Flavored Ceremony

May 16, 2005

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5229

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar's Poker and Moneyball, will deliver the commencement address to approximately 2,499 Tulane University graduates May 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. The commencement ceremony will combine academic pageantry with New Orleans traditions. Graduates will march accompanied by banners, heralded by trumpet fanfares and entertained by Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band and jazz great Wanda Rouzan.

A balloon drop, confetti cannons and a traditional New Orleans second-line procession will mark the conferral of degrees. In addition to Liar's Poker, a memoir of his time as a Wall Street trader and Moneyball, an insider's look into how a major league baseball franchise built a winning team, Lewis, a New Orleans native, is the author of The New, New Thing, a profile of Jim Clark, the co-founder of Netscape who recently gave Tulane $31 million.

In addition to these and other books, Lewis is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Bloomberg. His writing often appears in The New Yorker, Slate and Foreign Affairs. He has also served as editor and columnist for the British weekly The Spectator and as senior editor and campaign correspondent for The New Republic. He has filmed and narrated pieces for Nightline and hosted a series on presidential politics for National Public Radio.

Honorary degrees will be given to Ellen Gilchrist, National Book Award-winning author of Victory Over Japan, and David D. Ho, whose research championing combination antiretroviral therapy has resulted in dramatic reductions in AIDS-associated mortality. For a full listing of Commencement 2005 events visit

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000