For Parents

Watch a recording of the Tulane University Commencement Preparation Parent Webinar, broadcast March 1, 2017, for information and advice about how to navigate Commencement weekend.  Please review this corrected PDF of the slides, which has updated information for the individual school graduation ceremonies for business (slide #26), liberal arts (slide #28) and science and engineering (slide #29).

For additional details about Unified Commencement day and Wave Goodbye, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Important Information For Guests

The Unified Commencement Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. and doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Guest Entrance: Guests should proceed up the ramp at Poydras St., Gate A entrance or up the stairs from the parking garage to the exterior plaza entrance and enter through Gate C. Seating is available on the Plaza level, with additional seating on the Club level.
Handicap Dropoff/Wheelchair availability: Guests with physical challenges should enter the Superdome through gate A (Poydras St.) on the ground level. This entrance is a covered drop-off area for disabled access. Wheelchairs will be available for transportation to and from handicapped seating; however, for those who wish to have a wheelchair with them at all times, it will be necessary to bring one with you.

Tickets: Tickets are not required.

Free shuttles: If you plan to depart from the uptown campus, free shuttle buses will run from the uptown campus to the Superdome. A continuous loop will also run from the Superdome to the Convention Center for the medical school ceremony. Handicapped-accessible shuttle service will be available. More detailed information will be available on the Travel and Transportation page in the weeks before commencement.

Parking: Parking is available for $15 (cash only).

Directions: Customize and print directions to the Superdome.

Refreshments: Refreshments will be available for purchase on the Plaza level of the Superdome throughout the day.

Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside the Superdome and will not be sold during commencement.

Following the conclusion of the Unified Commencement, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will remain open and guests awaiting the start of graduation ceremonies for the School of Liberal Arts (12:30-2 p.m.) and the A.B. Freeman School of Business (3-5 p.m.) may remain in their seats or visit the concourse for concession stands/bathrooms.  Guests leaving the Superdome may re-enter prior to the afternoon ceremonies.  Participants of the Unified Commencement are asked to clear the floor at the conclusion of the event.

Guests leaving the Mercedes-Benz Superdome should exit at Gates A, B and D, while students are asked to please exit at Gate C.

Order Tulane Memorabilia

  • DVDs of Tulane Commencement are available to order from the Tulane Bookstore. They are $39.95 each and shipping is $7.50. Contact the Tulane Bookstore at 504-865-5913 for more information or to place an order by phone.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Bookstores:
    • Health Sciences Center: 504-988-5204
    • Uptown Campus: 504-865-5913
  • Schools and Colleges:
    • Architecture: 504-865-5389
    • Business: 504-865-5462
    • Continuing Studies: 504-865-5119
    • Law: 504-865-5937
    • Liberal Arts: 504-865-5225
    • Medicine: 504-988-5187
    • Newcomb-Tulane College: 504-865-5720
    • Public Health: 504-988-5397
    • Science and Engineering: 504-865-5764
    • Social Work: 504-865-5314
  • Registrar: 504-865-5231
  • DMI Travel: 800-479-8222

Additional Questions?  E-mail us