Topic: campus



For the 12th year, architecture students built a sukkah on the uptown campus. Constructed by Oct. 1, the temporary structure for Sukkot, a Jewish fall harvest festival, had to go up quickly because of COVID-19 restrictions. Made of pine and measuring 10.5 feet by 12 feet, it had two walls to facilitate safe passage, instead of the traditional three, and built-in seats that allowed four people to sit socially distanced.



With COVID-19 restrictions in place, an in-person commencement ceremony was postponed for the Class of 2020. But that didn’t stop Tulane from celebrating the academic achievements of the class with a virtual celebration on May 16. “TUgether — Connecting the Class of 2020” featured Ellen DeGeneres, Madeleine Albright, Drew Brees, Hoda Kotb, Kelly Ripa, Apple CEO Tim Cook and many others who saluted the graduates.

Portrait of Mónica Lebrón in New Orleans

Green Wave Justice

Mónica Lebrón, the first chief diversity officer for Tulane Athletics, leads Green Wave Justice for All. She’s also deputy athletics director and chief operating officer.

bioengineering students socially distanced

Reopen to Reconnect

In the middle of the pandemic — and with extensive precautions and safety protocols in place — students and faculty moved back to on-ground operations this fall.

sushi plates in The Commons

Good Eating in The New Commons

The astonishing options for healthy dining in The Commons match up to the spectacular architectural ambience of the new place to hang out on campus.

Chief Justice Sotomayor speaks at Tulane

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Dispenses Wisdom

Conversation with the President


2020 Ceremony

The 2020 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 16, will be held in Yulman Stadium for the first time in Tulane history. Tulane commencements are among the country’s most memorable celebrations of academic achievement, featuring renowned speakers and honorary degree recipients such as the Dalai Lama, Tim Cook and Helen Mirren. The university plans to bring many of the beloved commencement traditions to the ceremony at Yulman. This year’s speaker has not been announced yet.

Liz Davey, director of the Office of Sustainability stands with trees near Dinwiddie Hall

Green Impact

Liz Davey, director of the Office of Sustainability, has worked closely with students and administrators for 20 years on recycling efforts, energy efficiency and sustainable construction to get to this point, but there’s still more to do.


Willow Residences Renamed for Trailblazers

The Décou-Labat Residences, formerly Willow Residences, were dedicated on Nov. 16 on the uptown campus. The residences are named in honor of Deidre Dumas Labat (NC ’66, G ’69) and Reynold T. Décou (A&S ’67, A&S ’79), the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb and Tulane, respectively. (See “Pioneers on Campus,” Tulanian, September 2019.) The naming of the residences is part of the Tulane Trailblazers initiative.


Fitts Flag

Students August Janow (left) and Rohan Goswami (right) present a flag to President Fitts with his likeness on it. Janow and Goswami asked Fitts to sign the flag. The flag was designed by another student, Yara Hantash.