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School of Social Work Commencement

Commencement 2022 

Friday, December 16th   2:00pm 

The Jung Hotel, Grand Ballroom

1500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 

Each graduate can invite up to 4 guests


RSVP here by November 7th!



Regalia is available to purchase online.

Order regalia by November 13, 2022 to receive in time for commencement and avoid late fees.



  • Can I get more tickets?   Due to the venue's capacity limits, TSSW cannot distribute extra tickets.  Several students in the past received an extra ticket from a classmate, but these transactions must remain between the individuals.  TSSW cannot interfere. 

  • Where do we get tickets?   Pick up your tickets from The School of Social Work at 127 Elk Place, New Orleans 70112 on the third floor.  Please see pickup times below. 

    • Wednesday 12/14 from 10:00a to 12:00p

    • Thursday 12/15 from 12:00pm - 4:00p

    • Friday 12/16 (Graduation Day) from 10:00a to 11:30p

  • Will the event be livestreamed?  Yes!  More information on that later. 

  • Will there be parking available?  There are several public parking garages/lots around The Jung Hotel. 

  • Will there be validation of parking?  No. 

  • Does a young child need a ticket?   Anyone below the age of two does not need a ticket.  

  • How long will the ceremony be?   We anticipate the ceremony lasting about three to four hours. 

  • Is there a block of rooms or a discount at the hotel for those participating?  No. 

Commencement Speaker

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Dr. Roxanne Franklin Lorio

Dr. Roxanne Franklin Lorio serves on the Greenwood Initiative Team at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, Roxanne was the Managing Director of Programs for E Pluribus Unum, an initiative created to address the barriers that divide us by race and class. Roxanne also led a strategic equity & research consultancy in both the US and the United Kingdom.

Roxanne was the inaugural Director of Equity Strategy for the City of New Orleans, in the Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, leading the design and implementation of the City’s first strategy for equitable city  government. Previously, Roxanne served as the Senior Project Manager on the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, focused on the development and implementation of citywide initiatives for two mayoral priority areas: NOLA FOR LIFE, the City’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy and the Mayor’s Economic Opportunity Strategy; established to connect disadvantaged job seekers and businesses to the City’s economic growth through public-private partnerships.

Prior to this, Roxanne led the Compliance Office at Metropolitan Human Services District, a division of the Louisiana Department of Health, and functioned as the organization’s Clinical Management Liaison during the service delivery redesign of the State of Louisiana’s behavioral health system. During her time at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO), Roxanne planned and implemented federally funded programs for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Roxanne has served in both the non-profit and government sectors, with expertise in systems design, leadership development, strategic planning, program design and administration, and research & evaluation.

Roxanne holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles; a JD from Western New England University; and both a MSW and DSW from Tulane University, School of Social Work. Roxanne completed the Leadership in Government Fellowship at the Open Society Foundations and served as a Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network.