Local Residents Graduate from Tulane University

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Tulane University awarded degrees to approximately 2,700 graduates on May 19, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The following local students graduated:

* Annie Bowles of Gonzales (70737) graduated from the School of Science 

and Engineering with a Master of Science degree.

* Atman Dave of Prairieville (70769) graduated from the School of Science 

and Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.

* Lynne Firmin of Prairieville (70769) graduated from the A.B. Freeman 

School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Management degree.

* Ronald Robertson of Prairieville (70769) graduated from the A.B. Freeman 

School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Management 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.

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.