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Reverend Raphael Warnock selected as 2016 Dillard University Baccalaureate Speaker PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the 2016 Baccalaureate speaker.  The service is scheduled for May 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Dillard University on the Avenue of the Oaks.

Rev. Warnock is a native of Savannah, Ga., and completed his undergraduate studies as Morehouse College (B.A., Psychology).  He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, from which he graduated with honors and distinctions.  Continuing his studies, Warnock went on to receive both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy from Union.  He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., and is a Lifetime Member of the NAACP.

His pastoral career began as an intern at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where he was ordained by the Rev John T. Porter, who himself had served as Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit assistant at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.  After ten years of service at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, Rev. Warnock spent 4 ½ years as the Senior Pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church.

In 2005, at 35 years of age, Dr. Warnock became the fifth as well as the youngest person ever called to be the senior pastorate of Ebenezer Church.  Under his leadership, more than 4,000 new members have joined Ebenezer while Dr. Warnock has enhanced the Church’s legacy of social activism.  Through his work Ebenezer has expanded ministries and community services to unprecedented levels.  In 2016 he was honored to have his footprints placed on the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, just one of the many recognitions he has received during his illustrious career.

For more information on the 2016 Dillard University commencement activities, and for a copy of the commencement guide, visit

Dillard University to Honor Community Leaders at 2016 “Champions of the American Dream” Best in Business Awards Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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April 11, 2016
– The Dillard University College of Business will honor local business leaders at its annual Champions of the American Dream Event on Thursday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom of The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel.

Business leaders in five categories will be recognized and receive a “Best in Business” award for their work and contributions to our community.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Chris Walker: Founder/President of CDC Services with the David Dillard                  Award for Excellence
  • Dr. Andre Perry: Commentator, Activist, and Educator with the Social Justice Award
  • Dr. Juan Gershinak: President, Neonatal Medical Group with the Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Jaqueline Vines: Senior Vice President, Cox Communications with the                Cultural Pioneer Award
  • Sandy Rosenthal: Founder/Executive Director, with the Pioneer of Purpose Award

“Champions of the American Dream” is an initiative designed to recognize local and statewide business leaders and entrepreneurs for their success and persistence in their chosen careers, their history of philanthropy, and their service as role models in the community.

“Entrepreneurship coupled with ingenuity have been at the core of what has built America,” said Richard Harley, Regional Manager for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration and one of the event’s core committee members.  “Dillard University takes pride in honoring these local ‘Champions of the American Dream’ who have made their marks both on our community and our nation.

The keynote speaker for the event is Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs.

For complimentary tickets to the event, or for sponsorship inquiries, please call or email Erica Durousseau, Corporate Relations contact at Dillard University at 504-816-4669 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Additional Information Regarding Impact of Increase in Tuition/Fees for 2016-17 Academic Year PDF Print E-mail
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For the first time since the 2014-15 academic year, the Dillard University Board of Trustees has voted to increase tuition.  The increase is set to go into effect for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students on a meal plan will also see an additional three percent sales tax assessment effective July 1, 2016 due to recent changes to the Louisiana State Sales and Use Tax enacted by the State Legislature.

Per semester, continuing residential students will see an impact of $460 dollars as their overall cost of attendance increases from $13,172 to $13,632. Continuing commuter students will see their total cost rise by $406, making their estimated cost of attendance $8,532 compared to $8,126 the previous two years.

Based on data provided by The College Board, the increase in tuition is consistent with those made at private institutions nationally.

The decision to raise tuition reflects an effort by the university to remain fiscally responsible while ensuring the ability to provide both a high-level liberal arts education and a full collegiate experience.  The Financial Aid staff remains committed to assisting all students find scholarship and grant programs to help defray costs.  Please be sure to visit with your financial aid counselor.

Students and their families are encouraged to visit to review fee schedules, and to contact the University Bursar with questions at 504-283-8822.  

Dillard University to Host Open House for Evening Program PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Enrollment Management

WHAT:           Open House for Dillard University Evening Program

WHERE:         Dillard University Student Union, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard,

                      New Orleans, La., 70122

WHEN:           Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Intended for those who may have started working towards a college degree but did not complete it for whatever reason or who have received their Associates Degree and want to earn a bachelors degree, the Dillard University Evening Program is a pathway to get back on track to earning a degree on a schedule that may be better suited for working adults.

This Open House is an opportunity for potential students to meet with faculty and explore the program’s academic offerings and services.  Information regarding financial aid options and scholarship opportunities will also be available.

On-site admissions will be offered for those students who present with the necessary credentials to be admitted to Dillard University.

Refreshments will be served.

Dillard Theatre Continues 80th Season with THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Theatre Department premieres its fourth stage play of the season, The Gospel at Colonus, at the Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre on the Dillard campus from April 8–April 17, 2016.  The play is an adaptation created by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, of the classic Greek tragedy Oedipus at Colunus, written by Sophocles.  The play is directed by Ray Vrazel, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and resident director for the DU Theatre.

“This production is the culmination of a three-year quest to bring it to the Dillard stage,” said Mr. Vrazel.  “After attending a symposium, I saw an exciting way to make the ancient plays relevant to today’s audience.  I have been obsessed with staging The Gospel at Colonus at Dillard since I was first introduced to it.”

The Gospel at Colonus takes the traditions of Greek theater and reimagines the timeless classic as a gospel musical within the framework of a Pentecostal church service.  In the story, Sophocles’ Oedipus is a king in exile, seeking a place for proper burial.  What made the story so innovative and highly regarded (Obie Award winner, 1984; Pulitzer Prize finalist, 1985; Tony Award nominee, 1988), was the giving of the storytelling duties to a Pentecostal preacher and the choir of his church.  They combine to enact the story of Oedipus’ torment and ultimate redemption as a modern parable.

Other casting innovations in the performance include multiple actors changing and sharing roles, such as when The Messenger is called upon to assume the role of Oedipus in tandem with the singer, the multiplicity of Oedipus's daughters and one son when the children of Oedipus appear collectively (Ismene, Antigone, Eteocles and Polynices), and with different portions of the cast, singly and in groups, assuming the duties of the traditional Greek chorus.

Mr. Vrazel continued, “This play seems like a perfect fit for the Dillard Theatre Program’s 80th season.  It is the ideal play for a college theatre production in that its mythological and literary content combined with its gospel musical form make it irresistible to young and old alike.”


Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.


Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122


Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Dillard faculty, staff, and senior citizens, and $5 for Dillard students with a valid ID.



About the Dillard University Theatre Department
Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre in the country. The Theatre department provides professional training in a liberal arts context for future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals. The department is committed, through its full time, part time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

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