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MP native earned medical degree from Tulane University

Jul 06, 2017

Tulane University awarded degrees to nearly 2,800 graduates on May 20, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Local student, Ashley Eaves, of Mt. Pleasant, earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane’s School of Medicine. The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Helen Mirren, an Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress known for her support of humanitarian efforts. Mirren also received an honorary degree along with jazz great Branford Marsalis, civil rights activist Diane Nash and social psychologist Shelley Taylor.

Eaves 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; Marsalis and his father, pianist Ellis Marsalis; jazz singer Topsy Chapman and her daughter Yolanda Windsay, a Master of Liberal Arts degree recipient; and the Tulane a cappella group Green Envy.

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.

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