Before the pomp and circumstance of commencement, graduates and their friends and family get the party started at Wave Goodbye on the academic quad. Music and food set the mood as members of the Class of 2017 celebrated their accomplishments at the event on Friday, May 19.
Known as the New Orleans songbird, Robin Barnes entertains with her funky mix of jazz and soul sounds.
Crowds gather around Cudd Hall as graduates pick up gifts commemorating the Class of 2017.
Jo Jo the Clown twists balloon animals, keeping young guests entertained.
Party-goers sample desserts from one of more than a dozen booths that featured a variety of New Orleans fare.
Photo opportunities were many and varied as guests sought to memorialize the weekend.