The class of 2010 joined Dean Nicholas Altiero and science and engineering faculty and staff for a farewell reception following the unified commencement and diploma ceremony Saturday, May 15.
More than 200 School of Science and Engineering graduates, family and friends poured into the Claiborne Club Lounge at the Louisiana Superdome for the event which was held for the first time this year.
The crowd quickly found their way to a luncheon buffet, bright orange mimosas, and sugary-sweet petit fours decorated with the Tulane University insignia.
Beaming graduates showed off their diplomas and honor cords to proud family and guests. Some engineering grads donned railroad engineer hats with tassels. And of course no graduation event in New Orleans would be complete without at least one second-line umbrella and a mortar board decorated with Mardi Gras beads in the shape of a fleur-de-lis.
What are you doing after graduation, was the question of the hour and responses were wide-ranging. Some said they’ll go on to graduate or professional schools; some will go immediately to new jobs; others plan to spend time back home with family and friends before starting careers.
The graduates collected autographs and took photos to commemorate the day. It was a time for pats on the back and well-wishes, thumbs-up and high fives. There were lots of hugs and a few tears.
Before the final goodbyes Dean Altiero led a toast to the newest alumni of the School of Science and Engineering, encouraging them to “go out and do fabulous things and come back often.”
“You will always be Tulanians, and be part of a family of one of the greatest universities in the country. We’re all very, very proud of Tulane University,” Altiero said, “and I can tell you the greatest source of our pride is you.”rades who are interested in science.
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