What a week it was! We said goodbye to the Class of 2015 like only Tulane can, with a magnificent commencement
that honored some of the world's most respected researchers and writers. We were treated to a heartfelt and comical commencement speech by comedian Maya Rudolph
, and we celebrated the 2,840 graduating seniors with a second line, fireworks and confetti. It's no wonder that this year's commencement was attended by the most graduating seniors ever. Tulane's graduations are always one of the most anticipated ceremonies across the nation. Time Magazine
started the week by listing Maya Rudolph's speech as one of the top four commencement speeches.
We are commencing on other projects as well. I am extremely happy to report that we are making progress on two important projects for the uptown campus. We are working our way through obtaining important approvals from city agencies to proceed with construction of “The Commons," a new $50 million facility that will become the new home of campus dining, as well as the location for our esteemed Newcomb College Institute. The new building will be located on the site of the former Newcomb Dean’s House. It is an exciting step forward as we continue to update our uptown campus as we strive to provide the best possible experience for our undergraduate students.
I am looking forward to a busy summer and the arrival of the Class of 2019!
Executive Vice President for University Relations and Development