Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony 2014:
Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

The Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The ceremony will end at approximately 5:00 p.m. and it will take an additional 30 minutes or so for diplomas to be distributed backstage. Out of respect for your fellow graduates, we ask that you stay for the duration of the ceremony.

Students should report to the Dome no later than 2:30 p.m. For the diploma ceremony, students should enter the Dome at Gate A, ground level. Students do NOT report to the robing rooms for the afternoon ceremony; you will proceed directly onto the backstage area of the Dome floor to pick up your name card. Guests will enter at Gate C, plaza level (same as for the Unified ceremony).

Students will be seated by school, but will not be seated in alphabetical order within schools, so you may sit with your friends. For 2014, schools will cross the stage in the following order:

School of Science and Engineering
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
School of Liberal Arts
School of Business

Q. Which students will receive their diplomas at the Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony?

A. All full-time undergraduate students receiving degrees from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Science and Engineering will receive their diplomas at this ceremony. Students receiving degrees from the School of Architecture and the School of Continuing Studies will receive their degrees at separate ceremonies (see main Commencement schedule).

Q. Do I need tickets for the Diploma Ceremony?
A. No. No tickets are needed for either the Unified or the Diploma Ceremony, and you may bring as many people as you like.

Q. Do we need to attend both the Unified ceremony and the Newcomb-Tulane College ceremony?
A. Both ceremonies are important parts of the overall Commencement experience, and we strongly recommend that you attend both.

Q. If I don’t attend the Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony, how will I get my diploma?
A. Diplomas will be available for pick-up in the Registrar’s office in Gibson Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 19.

Q. Will I receive my actual diploma when I cross the stage?
A. No. You will receive an empty diploma case when you cross the stage. After the ceremony concludes, you will pick your diploma up backstage. Please note that no diplomas will be given out before the conclusion of the ceremony.

Q. Will I have to pay twice for parking if I leave the Dome after the Unified and return for the NTC ceremony?

A. No. Parking will be $15 (cash only) and will be valid for re-entry.

Q. Where should I go with my family for lunch?

A. We recommend searching for a reservation in the Central Business District, Warehouse District, Mid-City, or French Quarter.

Q: What time should we make our lunch reservation for?
A: We recommend making a reservation between 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. You should let your server know that you need to be back at the Superdome by 2:30 p.m.

Q: Will I be able to leave my cap and gown at the Dome?
A: No. You will need to take your cap and gown with you. When you return to the Dome, you will report directly to the backstage area on the Dome floor; you will not return to the robing rooms. 

Q. How will students be organized for the NTC ceremony?
A. Just like at the Unified ceremony, students will be organized by school, but will not be in alphabetical order, so you will be able to sit with your friends. Schools will cross the stage in the following order: SSE, SPHTM, SLA, BS.

Q. I am receiving degrees from two different schools. How do I know which one to sit with?
A. You may sit with whichever school you like. If you would like to cross the stage with both schools, you can get into line with the second school when it is their turn to cross the stage.

Q. I am worried that the reader will mispronounce my name. Can I write the phonetic pronunciation on my card for the readers?
A. Please stop by the Cudd Hall front desk between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., M-F, no later than Friday, May 9 to record your name for the readers to review. When you pick up your card, you may see a staff member at the Pronunciation table to have them write in the pronunciation for you; please do not write it in yourself.

Q. Will food and beverages be available for guests during the ceremony?
A. Superdome concessions will be open in the guest seating areas during the ceremony.

If you have additional questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs at 504-865-5728 or


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