Newswise — His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters and deliver the keynote address to graduates at Tulane University’s 2013 Commencement, scheduled for 9 a.m., May 18, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
“We are honored and excited to host a leader of such universal renown, whose wisdom, humility, kindness and humor have won him worldwide admiration,” Tulane President Scott Cowen said. “The Dalai Lama’s message of compassion, humanity, equality, peace and service truly resonates with the Tulane community and its graduates.”
Tulane also will award honorary degrees to three other remarkable people who have made lasting contributions to New Orleans and beyond. These include legendary musicians Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
Tickets are required for all guests, and media professionals planning to attend must register in advance for credentials.
To receive credentials, media professionals should send their name, title, the media outlet they represent and the mailing address to which they want their credentials sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 10. Tulane will mail media their credentials along with a parking pass for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Media parking will be in Garage 6 of the Superdome. Media must enter the Superdome through the media entrance door at the far left, lower level of the garage. After a security check, media will then be taken to seating on the Dome floor.
Commencement will also be streamed live at http://tulane.edu/grads/streaming.cfm and a broadcast-quality video of the ceremony will be available upon request.
For more information about Commencement 2013, visit: http://tulane.edu/grads/.