Tulane University Law School

    Commencement Weekend


    May 15 - 17, 2020

  • Tanisha's Law School Journey

    After graduating Philander Smith College in 2016, I took a gap year. I then began law school in August 2017 at Tulane Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. My experience has been NOTHING short of great. Take a look at what I accomplished each of my 3 years.

    1L Year

    "God bless these 20 somethings"

    • Applied, interviewed, and selected as a 1L Law Clerk for Tulane University's Legal Assistance Program (TULAP). Clerked as a Civil, Criminal, and Immigration Clerk.
    • Volunteered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services second semester
    • Completed a Summer Internship with Orleans Public Defenders
    • Completed an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Class in Berlin, Germany. Also visited Vienna, Austria.

    2L Year

    "I'm getting ready"

    • Promoted to TULAP Assistant Director
    • Member of the Moot Court, ADR Team: Won 2nd Place at INADR Regional Competition
    • Served as Tulane's Black Law Students President
    • Helped coordinate and execute Tulane Law's Inaugural Black Law Alumni Reunion
    • Accepted a virtual internship with IMPACT Strategies/Angela Rye
    • Completed a Spring Externship with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
    • Completed a Summer Internship with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau as a Student Attorney

    3L Year

    "THIS is actually a big deal"

    • Administrative Justice for Special Competitions on the Moot Court Executive Board
    • Promoted to Director of TULAP
    • Sworn in at the Louisiana Supreme Court as a Student Attorney for the Civil Rights Clinic
    • Promoted to Administrative Intern for IMPACT Strategies/Angela Rye



    I appreciate your excitement to continue this legal journey with me. Unfortunately, as of right now, I am not sure what's next in store for me. I do know that after graduation, I will disappear for 3 months as I will be studying for the bar (state not determined yet). Afterwards, I plan on either litigating or doing some type of advocacy/policy work. My top two places to live for now is D.C. or Texas. I would like to note, I am blessed and content in knowing that my options are endless.


    More events for the weekend will be added as they are confirmed.

    Events are listed in chronological order.

    You are also encouraged to explore the many places and restaurants

    that New Orleans has to offer!

    Law School Graduation

    Awards Ceremony

    Friday, May 15, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Several awards are given to law students for academic, leadership, and community service accomplishments. The event begins at 5:00 pm with a reception in the MPR with distribution of awards at 5:30 p.m. in the W. H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room (Room 110).

    Wave Goodbye!

    Friday, May 15, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    This event is an annual party for Tulane's graduates and features local music and a variety of New Orleans food in small plates. Wine and beer will be available for purchase (cash only). Graduates are allotted seven tickets each, one of which the graduate will need to use to enter the party.

    A Rooftop Social

    Friday, May 15, 2020 | 7:30 pm

    You can't visit the city without enjoying a beautiful view from one of the rooftops. This optional event is for guests who are arriving early Friday. Join me and enjoy some fun, music, and drinks from a fabulous view. There is no admission fee but you may purchase drinks at your own expense.


    NOLA Party Bus to Frenchmen!

    Friday, May 15, 2020 | 10:00 pm

    A staple in the city is a New Orleans styled Party Bus! This bus is a 1 hour ride filled with lots of fun and laughter. You must RSVP if you would like to ride as it only accommodates 50 people. (Coming Soon)

    Other Details: Guests do not have to pay, as the cost is covered. It is a one way trip that will depart from MonkeyBoard Rooftop promptly at 10:00pm. The bus will drop guests off at Frenchmen St. and guests must coordinate their own transportation to their next destination/home (Uber or Lyft).

    Frenchmen Street Fun

    Friday, May 15, 2020 | 11:00 pm

    Frenchmen Street is where the locals enjoy a night out in the city. There are several live bands performing downstairs and upper level DJs in many of the clubs. You can also enjoy great food places such as Dat Dog and Willie's Chicken and Pizza. This optional event is for those who choose to explore the nightlife after the Party Bus. You may also skip the Party Bus and meet us here or skip Frenchmen and head elsewhere. There is free admission into all the spots.

    The party bus will drop passengers off at Dragon's Den, a club at the corner of Frenchmen Street.

    Unified Commencement Ceremony

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 9:00 am

    This ceremony includes all colleges/schools and will take place at Yulman Stadium on campus. It is known to offer a unique New Orleans experience for all in attendance!

    At this time, guest tickets are not required so all are welcome.

    Tulane Law School Commencement Ceremony

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 1:00 pm

    This ceremony is for the law school graduates only and will be held at Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse on campus. There are no tickets required and graduates may bring as many guests as they wish.

    Tanisha's Graduation Party!

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Each guest will receive the location in their formal invitation. Celebrate this monumental occasion with me over food, drinks, music, and fun!

    Note: The venue has free parking and free food and drinks will be provided.

    Shamrock After Party

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 10:30 pm

    More details to come. Admission will be free.

    Sunday Brunch

    Sunday, May 17, 2020 | 11:00 am

    More details to come. Brunch is at your own expense.

  • Would You Like An Invitation?

    I'm honored that you'd like to celebrate this milestone with me.

    Complete the form below with your contact information to receive a formal graduation invitation.

    Details on how to RSVP to events will be included with the invitation.

    *All names will be screened.*



    New Orleans is a fun, yet small city. For my family especially, if you are more than likely attending graduation, I would highly encourage you to begin making travel and lodging arrangements. Tulane has many events that weekend which means there will be several friends and family in the city so the earlier you plan, the better.


    Book a Flight, Rent a Car, or Buy a Bus/Train Ticket

    The new airport is about 30 minutes from Tulane University and flights are not too expensive if booking ahead of time. An Uber from the airport to the city is approx. $35.


    If driving or taking the bus from Houston, the average time is 6 hours.


    Megabus provides direct trips for low costs (I take it all the time). Megabus has not posted trips for May yet but the tickets are sometimes as low as $1.00 (March tickets are currently $1.00-$5.00). I encourage you to periodically check for the availability of May dates.


    Greyhound also typically has tickets priced at $19-$25 and offers more pickup/drop-off locations. It is also more roomier than the Megabus.


    Secure a Hotel or

    AirBnB Reservation

    Tulane is located uptown but I encourage several of the downtown hotels for

    you to stay in, which is about 12 minutes from campus. Here is a link to hotels

    that Tulane lists: Hotel Options

    AirBnBs are always a great option and will allow you to stay closer to campus for an affordable price. Keep in mind that Airbnb usually expects you to pay the full price when booking.


    If you want to stay near downtown, hotels are the best option but even now, they are either booked or very costly. I have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Superdome for $150/night. Please contact me for more details if you are interested.


    If you would like to stay near campus (and me), an AirBNB is your best option. They are not as costly but I would encourage you to book soon. Relevant search terms: Uptown, South Claiborne, Freret, Magazine, and Napoleon Ave.


    Plan Your Travel/Parking Within the City

    Tulane has little to no parking and the parking that is available, is not always free. You may be able to park in the neighborhood surrounding the school, but there is typically a 2 hour limit. The best option is to Lyft/Uber around the city, which is very affordable since the city is so small. My graduation party will have free parking available.

    *The streetcar is always fun to take at least once while in the city!*


    Don't be afraid to ask me different questions now. The closer we approach graduation, the less inclined I'll be to respond. This website will be updated as frequently and quickly as possible as soon as any new information is confirmed.

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