NEW ORLEANS, La.—Tulane University in New Orleans awarded degrees last month to approximately 2,200 graduates.
Local student, Rachel Regn of Edison graduated from Tulane as a member of the historic “Katrina Class,” those undergraduates who were at Tulane for only a few hours when they had to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
Tulane’s Unified Commencement was held on May 16 in the Louisiana Superdome. The ceremony featured keynote speaker Ellen DeGeneres, honorary degree recipients Harry Connick Jr., HIV co-discoverer and Nobel Prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, health care advocate Jessie Gruman and architect William McDonough.
Regn and fellow “Katrina 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. Entertainment was provided by Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band and jazz singer Wanda Rouzan.
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