After an unprecedented year, the Class of 2021 celebrated the first-ever Commencement in-person in Yulman Stadium, with nine individual school ceremonies held over the course of three days. Proud family and friends filled the stands of the stadium, socially distanced, to cheer on the graduates as they crossed the stage.
Tulane University also saluted the Class of 2021 with a virtual Unified Commencement featuring a keynote by civil rights icon RUBY BRIDGES, who integrated New Orleans public schools as a first-grader in 1960. The event had all the hallmarks of a classic Tulane graduation — inspiring speakers, rousing musical performances and a New Orleans second-line sendoff.
MAKE WAY FOR THE GREEN WAVE
Tulane had two players selected in the NFL Draft, as CAMERON SAMPLE was taken in the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals, while PATRICK JOHNSON was picked up in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Major League Baseball drafted five Tulanians this year: COLLIN BURNS went to the Orioles (sixth round), BRADEN OLTHOFF was selected by the Angels (9th round), DONOVAN BENOIT was selected by the Reds (10th round), KEAGAN GILLIES went to the Orioles (15th round) and JACK ALDRICH was taken by the Royals (20th round).
The Tulane University women's sailing team finished as the NATIONAL RUNNER UP at the ICSA Women's Championship Regatta and won the SEISA Conference Championships — after only three years as a varsity sport.
Tulane sophomore DANIELLE TITUS and Tulane swimming and diving Head Coach LEAH STANCIL took center stage at the Tokyo Olympic Games, with both individuals representing the Barbados national swim team.