MARCH 5 & 6, 2013 (TUES./WED.):
(for students) Grad Fest 2013
- 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life
Grad Fest is held annually each spring for students to order their academic regalia, announcements, cap-and-gown pictures, etc. NOTE: This is the only opportunity for students to purchase the cap and gown needed for procession in the May 18 commencement ceremonies.
Visit the Grad Fest website at tulane.edu/gradfest/ or call University Services at (504) 862-8064 for more information.
MAY 16, 2013 (THURS.):
Graduate Crawfish Boil
- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Reily Student Recreation Center, Reily tennis courts
The annual Graduate Crawfish Boil is by invitation to all graduates. Invitations will be mailed in April to both undergraduates and graduate students. The event is free for graduates and there are fees for all friends, family and guests. RSVP is required to attend.
Attendance: By invitation
Open to: Graduate students, Undergraduates
For more information contact Laurie Orgeron via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 504-865-5614
MAY 17, 2013 (FRI.):
Law School Awards Ceremony (by invitation only)
- 5:00 PM (approximately 1 hour)
- Tulane Law School, Weinmann Hall
- Reception to follow in the Multipurpose Room
- Remarks: SBA President, 2012-2013
Only after final spring grades are received and all calculations and selections have been finalized, the Office of Academic Services, Tulane Law School, extends invitations to those students who will be receiving awards. The distribution of awards begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. in the W. H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room (Room 110 of John Giffen Weinmann Hall) with refreshments to follow next door in the Berkett Multipurpose Room (MPR). Open to:
Award Recipients and their Family, award sponsors, Law administration, faculty and staff Tickets:
By invitation only, tickets not required Admission:
Free For more information, please contact Academic Services at (504) 865-5935.
Wave Goodbye Party
- 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Gibson Academic Quad, uptown campus
Wave Goodbye is an annual party given by President and Mrs. Cowen. Graduates from all schools and their guests are invited to enjoy New Orleans food and live musical entertainment.
Open to: Faculty, Graduates from all schools and their guests
Tickets: Required. Graduates will be allotted seven tickets each, one of which the graduate will need to use to enter the party. Tickets will be available for download via the commencement website http://tulane.edu/grads/ in the weeks prior to graduation.
ü Children 10 years of age and younger do not need tickets.
For more information, contact Public Relations via email to email@example.com or by phone at (504) 865-5210.
MAY 18, 2013 (SAT.):
Unified Commencement Ceremony
- 9:00 a.m. (approximately 2 hours) (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome, downtown
Keynote Speaker: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tulane University’s Unified Commencement Ceremony honors the graduates from all of the university’s schools and colleges. It features the pomp and circumstance expected of a traditional Commencement celebration but with a New Orleans twist. At the unified ceremony, you can expect to see the procession of graduates and faculty, the keynote address from a prestigious speaker, the conferral of degrees, and hear live jazz.
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Students, Staff, Family and Friends
Tickets are required for all guests. Graduates are allotted 16 tickets each, one of which the graduate will need to use to enter the Superdome. Tickets can be accessed on the commencement website in the weeks before the event.
Parking is available at the Superdome for $10 (cash only).
Students and their families may utilize the free shuttle service from Tulane’s uptown Campus.
Guests with physical challenges should enter the Superdome through gate A (Poydras St.) on the ground level. This entrance is a covered drop-off area for disabled access. Wheelchairs will be available for transportation to and from handicapped seating; however, for those who wish to have a wheelchair with them at all times, it will be necessary to bring one with you. Handicapped-accessible shuttle service will be available from the uptown campus to the Superdome downtown and back.
Additional information, including the answers to frequently asked questions, may be found at the event website: http://tulane.edu/grads/.
Law School Diploma Ceremony
- 2:00 PM (approximately 90 minutes) (doors open at 12:30 p.m.)
- New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
- Keynote Speaker: Dean David Meyer has invited Tulane law alum Marian Mayer Berkett, Of Counsel, Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles to deliver brief remarks.
Following the university’s unified ceremony held earlier in the day downtown, Tulane Law School will hold a separate diploma ceremony at the Convention Center (900 Convention Center Blvd New Orleans, LA 70130). While the conferral of degrees takes place during the morning event, which honors the graduating students from all of the university's schools and colleges, the law school ceremony is dedicated specifically to the law class of 2013. The ceremony will be held in The Great Hall - http://neworleansgreathall.com/ (entrance is located at the corner of Julia St and Convention Center Blvd.)
Featuring a procession of law graduates and faculty members, a tribute to the 50-year law alumni, and brief remarks by the law school dean, class president, and a distinguished alum, it is during this intimate occasion that diplomas are distributed as each graduate's name is called and he or she crosses the stage.
Open to: Tulane Law School community
Tickets: Not required
Parking will be available in the lots located across from the Convention Center and at the Fulton Garage (located across from Hall C). In addition parking may be available at an hourly rate in the Rivercenter parking area or at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. http://www.mccno.com/?s=parking. Tulane will offer a shuttle service between the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the Morial Convention Center.
Guests with physical challenges should utilize the reserved seating area which will be located on the ground level behind the area reserved for graduates. One friend or family member may accompany this person throughout the ceremony. The area will be marked accordingly and volunteers will be on hand to assist, as well.
Food and Beverage: Concessions may be available through vendors located at the Convention Center site. Water will be provided for the graduates in the robing room areas.
For more information, contact Academic Services by phone at (504) 865-5935 or email Colleen Timmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TULANE LAW SCHOOL RECEPTION
- Saturday, May 18
- Directly following the Law School Diploma Ceremony
Please join Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer and the law school community in congratulating this year’s graduates. Complimentary refreshments and light fare will be served for the hour following the school’s diploma ceremony.
Open to: Graduates and their guests, Alumni, Faculty, and Commencement Volunteers
Tickets: Not required
Important Phone Numbers
- Law School Academic Services, Colleen Timmons: 504-865-5935
- Payson Center Senior Program Manager, Sheila Favalora: 504-865-5240
- University Registrar: 504-865-5231
- University Accounts Receivable: 504-865-5368
- University Services: 504-862-8064
- University Bookstore: 504-865-5913
- University Public Relations: 504-865-5210
- DMI Travel: 800-479-8222
A video recording of Tulane’s unified ceremony may be purchased through the university bookstore in the week’s following commencement. Visit the commencement site at http://tulane.edu/grads/students.cfm for the DVD order form or call 504-865-5913 for more information.
A DVD of the Tulane Law School diploma ceremony is not available for purchase.
HOTELS & TRAVEL
Tulane has preferred relationships with many local hotels that offer discounted pricing. View the preferred hotels on Tulane’s website at http://tulane.edu/grads/hotels-and-travel.cfm.
For assistance in booking accommodations, call 1-800-488-4364 or send an email to Chris Cavalier at email@example.com.
For a detailed map of Tulane University’s uptown campus, visit http://tulane.edu/about/visiting/uptown-campus-map.cfm.
Complementary maps and transit information for the city of New Orleans are available through the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau. Visit the NOCVB website for more.
Students graduating should visit the Tulane Law School Intranet and TWEN for updates and additional information.
NOTE: Please keep personal items with you at all times. If lost or stolen, Tulane University is not responsible.