During the annual Tulane University Unified Commencement Ceremony held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a small group of graduates donned light blue stoles emblazoned with “Tulane 34.” Those 34 graduates have received one of the school’s highest student honors—the Tulane 34 Award.
Named for the year the university was founded, the award is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Dusty Porter, vice president of student affairs, presented their certificates and stoles during the May 18 ceremony as Provost Robin Forman explained why each student was selected.
“The fact that we are honoring you with these coveted Tulane 34 awards is an indication that you have done exactly what we asked you to do when you arrived at Tulane University,” said Tulane President Mike Fitts during the ceremony. “You have displayed academic excellence, service and leadership. You represent those values in every way and that’s why you’re receiving this honor today.”
“The fact that we are honoring you with these coveted Tulane 34 awards is an indication that you have done exactly what we asked you to do when you arrived at Tulane University.”
Mike Fitts, Tulane University President
In the 2017 cohort, the distinguished graduates include both undergraduate and graduate students who excelled in the classroom and out in the community.
The 2017 Tulane 34 Award honorees are:
Desiree Jolet Baiamonte
Katharine “Kayla” Bruce
Johannah Leigh Cousins
Marguerite “Daisy” Furlong
Nicole Marie Katin
Xiayue “Patrick” Li
Jenifer Wells Megalli
Sharon Kelly Thompson
Ann Marshall Tilton
Whitney Marque Vinson