It is hard to believe that the spring semester is winding down. Exams are over, and everyone is looking forward to commencement on May 14th at 9 a.m. We are eagerly anticipating NBC Today Show Host and former New Orleanian Hoda Kotb's keynote speech. I had the pleasure of meeting Hoda last year in New Orleans, and I predict her speech will be terrific. As always, the ceremony will be streamed live at Tulane.edu.
The Tulane Alumni Association will be welcoming this year's class of new alumni with a gift, a piece of artwork from popular New Orleans artist Simon, creator of the "Be Nice or Leave" signage that's become a fixture in this city.
T'is the season for crawfish and alumni chapters across the country have been busy with their annual crawfish boils. I am happy to report that mudbugs are big this year. Several parties have already taken place but there are still many crawfish boils yet to take place. Be on the lookout for alumni crawfish boils and other events in your area.
One of the highlights of this semester for me was this year's Beads on Broadway event in the Big Apple, where I was presented with the President's medal. It meant so much to be recognized with my friends there with me. Although my full-time career at Tulane is coming to a close, I will always be a Tulanian and lifelong supporter. Thank you for the kind words and gestures so many of you have sent my way.
Executive Vice President for University Relations and Development