Tulane University awarded degrees to approximately 2,700 graduates on May 19, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Local student, Anastasia Caton of Fuquay-Varina, graduated from the School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. The ceremony featured keynote speaker Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Honorary degree recipients included civil rights icon Ruby Bridges and mathematician Peter D. Lax. New Orleans jazz musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews received the Tulane University President’s Medal.
Caton and fellow class members were honored at the ceremony, which included all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional commencement but with a New Orleans twist, including bagpipes, herald trumpets and a second-line jazz procession. Music was provided by Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band and jazz singer Wanda Rouzan.
Tulane University is one of the nation’s leading educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane has ten schools and colleges offering degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work.