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Commencement 2021 is here!

May 17, 2021 8:45 PM


Tulane Today staff


Colorful Gonfalons adorn a Tulane Commencement ceremony.


Individual School Ceremonies

In addition to the virtual University Commencement Ceremony, graduates are invited to the ceremony of the school awarding their degree. It is at these graduation ceremonies that graduates’ names are called, and they walk across the stage. These ceremonies will be in Yulman Stadium in the days preceding virtual Unified Commencement – May 19-21, 2021.

Wednesday, May 19

2:30 – 4 p.m.
School of Professional Advancement

5:30 – 7 p.m.
School of Architecture

Thursday, May 20

8 – 9:30 a.m.
School of Business (Undergraduate Students)

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
School of Business (Graduate Students)

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Rain Delay Spot for any ceremonies preempted by weather

4 – 5:30 p.m.
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

7 p.m.
Rain Delay Spot for any ceremonies preempted by weather

Friday, May 21

8 – 9:30 a.m.
School of Liberal Arts (Undergraduate Students)

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Combined Graduate Programs (School of Liberal Arts, School of Science and Engineering, Biomedical Science)

2 – 3:30 p.m.
School of Science and Engineering (Undergraduate Students)

4 – 5 p.m.
Rain Delay Spot for any ceremonies preempted by weather

6 – 7:30 p.m.
School of Law

Saturday, May 22

2 p.m.
Virtual Unified Commencement

4 p.m.
School of Medicine Ceremony (Convention Center)

COVID-19 guidelines
To comply with state and city requirements, the following guidelines will be followed for each school ceremony:

  • All event protocols regarding masking, distancing and hygiene must be followed.
  • Each student is allowed four guests – events are pre-ticketed and guests will be seated together.
  • All guests are highly encouraged to obtain a vaccine and/or get tested before traveling. If a test is needed while guests are in town, Tulane will provide this service.
  • There will be no processional – graduates will have assigned seats on the field.
  • Each event will be no more than 90 minutes in length
  • Once a graduate crosses the stage, they – and their guests – are encouraged to exit the stadium, per state and city guidelines
  • Following stadium exit, graduates and guests must disperse from the perimeter - with many events scheduled back-to-back, the stadium and parking areas will have to be cleared quickly
  • There will be limited parking available - more information about transportation options will be shared in coming weeks
  • The events will be held rain or shine – although there is some flexibility for adjusting start times of the events, they cannot be rescheduled for a later date.

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