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Student Support and Success Newsletter 05-02-2023

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Get Crafty for Commencement 

Decorating mortarboard and umbrellas is a cherished tradition for Tulane graduates. Graduating students can decorate on their own or stop by the LBC on Tuesday, May 16 to decorate their items with other grads! 

Commencement dates to remember:  

  • May 15, 2023: Umoja Graduation Ceremony for Black Students
  • May 16, 2023: Lavendar Graduation Ceremony for LGBTQ+ Students
  • May 20, 2023: SoPA Diploma Ceremony & Reception 
  • May 20, 2023: Unified Commencement

If you are planning to attend any of these events or have grad photos you'd like to share, you can submit those below. 

Submit Grad Photos
News Section

Sixteen SoPA students inducted to honor society for adult learners

On Friday, April 21, 2023, the Tulane School of Professional Advancement hosted its annual induction ceremony for Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult undergraduate students.

Tulane SoPA launches business and leadership degree portfolio

The School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) has launched two new undergraduate degrees in its Business and Leadership Studies program.

Tell Us Your News

Read more on SoPA's news page.

Summer and Fall 2023 Registration is open!
Faculty Feature Section
Sukari Ivester, Ph.D. 

Humanities & Social Sciences Professor of Practice

Dr. Ivester holds expertise in urban planning, urban history and the politics of resistance. Her current research focuses on gentrification and displacement in New Orleans, as well as planning for population loss in the Gulf parishes. 

Upcoming courses: 

  • Social Science Foundations
  • Sociology of Travel & Tourism
Meet Dr. Ivester

Puppies & Pilates
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST

Join Campus Recreation and Take Paws for a stress free activity. Take Paws will be bringing puppies for pets and cuddles from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Pilates begins at 10:00 am on Brown Field.


Queer Student Alliance: Finals Goody Bags
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST

QSA will be giving away goody bags to help prep for finals! Including tea bags, stress toys, face masks, and more! Available while supplies last.


PRSSA of Tulane - General Meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST

Join the PRSSA for the final meeting of the 2022-2023 school year as they discuss: TU PRSSA's past - inception through Spring 2023; the E-Board's recent attendance at the PRSSA Leadership Assembly; the upcoming PRSA/PRSSA ICON conference; future plans and projections for TU PRSSA; and SoPA PR course overview.


Office of Multicultural Affairs - Finals Study Event
Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST

Study and have fellowship with OMA before finals


Veterans at Tulane Baseball Social
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 6 p.m. CST

Join us for the Tulane baseball game! Sponsored by the Tulane Faculty/Staff Veterans Affinity Group, this social event will give current Tulane active military, ROTC cadets and midshipmen, and veterans a chance to meet and socialize. Register to receive ticket information. Each veteran will receive one complimentary ticket for themselves and one guest.  All current students receive complimentary admission with a valid Tulane Splash Card. 


SoPA Diploma Ceremony in McAlister Auditorium
Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 11 a.m. CST

This event is for both graduates and undergraduates.  Students should proceed to our designated robing area (to be announced later) while guests should go to McAlister directly.  A reception at the Marshall Commons Lobby (inside AB Freeman School of Business) will immediately follow our ceremony.


Tulane Unified Commencement
Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST

The Unified Commencement Ceremony honors the graduating students from all of the university's schools and colleges. It features the pomp and circumstance expected of a traditional commencement celebration with a New Orleans twist. At this ceremony, expect to see the procession of graduates, faculty and honorary degree recipients, and hear from keynote speaker, Lesie Odom, Jr.

More Tulane Events
Join the Student Veterans of America Board! 
The time has come for our Student Veterans of America Chapter to select new leaders. There are four board positions available - President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If interested in serving, please email by Friday, May 5, 2023. SVA will hold an election by email the following week. Board position duty descriptions are below. 
  • The President shall be the presiding officer of all general meetings and shall oversee all activities; Represent the organization on campus; Ensure that the Tulane SVA is operating in conformity with the standards set forth by Tulane University and the Student Veterans of America; Maintain communication with the organization Advisor; and Discharge the responsibilities normally adhering to the office.
  • The Vice President shall preside at all meetings if the President is absent; Succeed to the presidency in the event of the death, disability, or resignation of the President; Assist the President in representing Tulane SVA to internal and external constituencies; and Discharge the responsibilities normally adhering to the office.
  • The Secretary shall maintain an accurate record (minutes) of the organization’s transactions; Maintain a membership directory; Correspond when necessary with University administration and other recognized organizations; and Discharge the responsibilities normally adhering to the office.
  • The Treasurer shall oversee the receipts and disbursement of the funds of the Tulane SVA, while keeping an accurate and itemized account thereof; Prepare the annual budget request of Tulane SVA for submission to SGA; Shall follow the funding policies of SGA; Collect dues, if required; Arrange fundraising opportunities for the Tulane SVA; Solicit additional funding, if needed, from SGA; and Discharge the responsibilities normally adhering to the office. At the end of the academic year, a financial statement shall be compiled and submitted to SGA at the last general meeting of the year. The financial statement will be signed by the Treasurer and the President.
Calendar Section
  • May 3: Last Day of Classes
  • May 6-11: Exam Period
  • May 20: Commencement
  • May 22: Classes Begin (Early and Full Summer sessions)
  • May 26: Last Day to Register/Add (Early and Full Summer sessions)
  • May 29: Memorial Day - No Classes
  • June 19: Juneteenth - No Classes
  • July 4: Independence Day - No Classes
  • July 5: Classes Begin (Late Summer session)
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Making Headlines Section
A sample of faculty, staff, and students who are mentioned in local and national news publications. 

LifeWire: Are Public Charging Stations More Dangerous Than Public Wi-Fi? Not Really

Biz New Orleans: Tulane SoPA Launches 2 New Undergraduate Degrees

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