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2019 Commencement Information

Mortar board with painting that says "Only at Tulane, Only in New Orleans" on it.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mahalia Jackson Theater
1319 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA 70112 


Ceremony: 3:30 pm — approx. 5:00pm (guest seating begins at 2:00 pm)

Graduating students must arrive by 2 pm for registration. Academic regalia (cap & gown) is REQUIRED to participate in the ceremony. Graduates that arrive late or do not have academic regalia will be turned away. Contact the TU bookstore before April 15th to order regalia.

Uptown: (504) 865-5913
Downtown: (504) 988-5204


Reception: Follows directly after the ceremony. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Ticketing & Seating: This is not a ticketed event; however, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Special Accommodation: Students and guests requiring special access and ADA parking due to physical limitations should email Lacey Allen ( ASAP for ceremony accommodations.

Commencement Parking: 550 parking spots will be available at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for $15 CASH ONLY, AND IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE.

  • Spots cannot be reserved, and there is no valet.
  • The lot will open for parking at noon.
  • Cars may remain in the lot until 7:00p.
  • Other parking options in the area can be found here here.

Other: No flash photography is allowed during the ceremony. Guests and graduates are asked to remain through the ceremony to avoid interruptions to other grads and their families. No alcohol or outside food will be allowed into the theater. Concessions will not be sold.

Day of Details

2:00 pm – Graduates Arrive (Grads MUST arrive on time and with cap and gown. Late arrivals may not be allowed to participate.)

  • There will NOT be a secure place to store personal items during the ceremony. Graduating students are only required to bring their academic regalia (cap & gown).
  • Signage and staff will be available to direct graduates to the appropriate area based on their degree.
  • Graduates will register and receive their reader card to present as they walk across the stage to ensure the correct name is called.
    • Graduates with difficult to pronounce names are responsible for making arrangements to meet with the dean who will call their as they walk across the stage. To arrange for the meeting, contact the following based on your graduate level:

Undergraduates – Email Liz Langlois (
Graduates – Email Roz Bailey (

  • Students will be lined up to march and be seated by their major and will process onto the stage to receive their diploma cases. (Actual diplomas will be mailed out by registrar’s office)

2:45 pm. – Doors open for guests to begin seating before the ceremony

3:30 pm – Graduation ceremony begins

5:00 pm (approx.) – Ceremony ends with the recessional. Guests are asked to remain seated until all graduates and faculty are out of the building. Reception with refreshments begins in Mahalia Jackson Theater’s park


Candid Campus Photography, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s official graduation ceremony photographer, will photograph graduates receiving their diploma covers. Photographs can be viewed and ordered within 48 hours after the ceremony at

  • A proof order form will be sent out approximately 5 to 7 days following graduation. This form may be used to order official photographs by mail. For faster service, order online. For customer service, please call Candid Campus Photography, Inc. at 1-800-233-3686 or e-mail

Graduates should go to to pre-register in order to receive their proofs as quickly as possible following the diploma ceremony.


Graduates will be handed an empty diploma case as they walk across the stage. Official diplomas will be mailed after the ceremony by the registrar’s office.


Contact Lacey Allen ( for any questions or concerns regarding TU School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s graduation ceremony.