Tulane University awarded degrees to more than 3,000 graduates on May 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Among them was Mikayla Peters of Pauls Valley, who earned a Master of Science from the School of Medicine.

The ceremony's keynote speaker was Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook also received an honorary degree along with New York Times executive editor and New Orleans native Dean Baquet, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Blythe Danner and civil rights activist U.S. Rep. John Lewis.Peters 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 herald trumpets and a second-line jazz procession.

Music was provided by Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band, and jazz singer Topsy Chapman,who performed the classic “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.”

Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University has 10 schools and colleges offering degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering and social work.

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