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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of New Orleans and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of New Orleans, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of New Orleans include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of New Orleans alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of New Orleans are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of New Orleans.

A factual list, featuring graduates like Ellen DeGeneres and Frank Ocean.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of New Orleans?” and “Which celebrities are University of New Orleans alumni?”

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

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James H. Clark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Entrepreneur, Computer scientist James Henry Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications ...more

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Wayne Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Fashion designer, Basketball player Artis Wayne Cooper is a retired American professional basketball player. He was born in Milan, Georgia. Cooper was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 2nd round of the 1978 NBA Draft. A ...more

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Allison Harvard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Model, Actor, Artist Allison Elizabeth Harvard is an American model, artist, actress, and Internet celebrity, best known as the runner-up of both cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model and America's Next Top Model: ...more

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Nicholas Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Musician, Trumpeter Nicholas Payton is an American trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist. A Grammy Award winner, he is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a prolific and provocative writer who comments on a ...more

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Jim Donelon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Lawyer James J. "Jim" Donelon has been the Republican insurance commissioner of Louisiana since February 15, 2006. Donelon won a full-term as commissioner in the October 20, 2007 nonpartisan ...more

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Joel Chaisson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Joel Thomas Chaisson, II, is an American Democratic politician who is currently the District Attorney in St. Charles Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. Chaisson is a former Louisiana ...more

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Ervin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Basketball player Ervin Johnson is an American retired professional basketball center who played in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2006.

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Harry Watters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Musician, Bandleader, Trombonist Harry Watters is a noted jazz trombonist. He has performed across the United States with many jazz artists including Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Shirley Jones, and many others. He has performed as a ...more

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Taryn Terrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Stunt Performer, Wrestler, Model Taryn Nicole Terrell is an American professional wrestler, referee, actress, and stuntwoman, currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where she is the current TNA Knockouts Champion ...more

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Melinda Schwegmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Businessperson, Politician Melinda B. Schwegmann was the lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 1992–1996 – the first woman to hold the position. She made an unsuccessful run for governor of Louisiana in 1995. In 1997, she ...more

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Carl Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Carl Crane Businessperson, Politician Carl Norman Crane is the Republican former chairman of the Education Committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He served in the state House from 1982 to 2008 from District 70 in East ...more

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Ruben Armiñana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Ruben Armiñana Ruben Armiñana is a political scientist and president of Sonoma State University. He is the first Cuban-American to head a campus in the California State University system.

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Tony Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Tony Harris Tony Dwayne Harris is an American basketball player. After spending high school at Roosevelt in East Chicago, he later went to University of New Orleans. Harris debuted in the NBA in February ...more

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Walter Boasso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Walter Boasso Politician, Business Walter Joseph Boasso is a wealthy businessman and Democratic former state senator from Chalmette, the seat of government of St. Bernard Parish in south Louisiana. He was defeated in a bid for ...more

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Wilbur Holland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Wilbur Holland Wilbur Holland is a retired American basketball player. A 6'0" guard, Holland played college basketball at the University of New Orleans, where he led his team in scoring for two seasons. ...more

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Humberto Fontova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Humberto Fontova Commentator, Author Humberto Fontova is a Cuban-American author, blogger, political commentator, and conservative polemicist. Ardently anti-communist, many of his works involve using historical revisionism to ...more

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Héctor Romero is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Héctor Romero Héctor Orlando Romero Rivas is a Venezuelan professional basketball player.

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Andy Seigle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Andrew John Seigle is a retired Filipino-American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was also a member of the Philippine national basketball team. He is ...more

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Mike Quade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Manager, Coach Gregory Mike Quade is an American professional baseball coach and manager. He is the 2015 manager of the Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A farm system affiliate of the Minnesota Twins of Major ...more

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Charles Foti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Sheriff, Lawyer Charles Carmen Foti, Jr., is lawyer in New Orleans who served a single term from 2004 to 2008 as the Democratic Attorney General of the U.S. state of Louisiana, United States. Prior to becoming ...more

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Peter Halley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Artist Peter Halley, is an abstract artist from New York City.

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Max Hardberger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Max Hardberger Florian Max Hardberger is an American adventurer, ship captain, aviator, ship recovery specialist, admiralty lawyer and author of maritime fiction and non-fiction adventures.

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Michael L. Kurtz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Historian, Professor Michael L. Kurtz is an American historian. A Southeastern Louisiana University professor emeritus of history, he is known for his research into the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in which ...more

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Jeremy Davenport is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Jeremy Davenport is an American jazz trumpeter and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. For nearly a decade, Davenport has been a vital part of the New Orleans music scene. With original ...more

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Thomas Diamond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Thomas Nicklaus Diamond is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.

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Randy Bush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Randy Bush Baseball player Robert Randall Bush, is a former professional baseball player and currently a front office member of the Chicago Cubs. With the hiring of Theo Epstein, Bush will continue as an assistant General ...more

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Jim Tucker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Jim Tucker Businessperson, Politician James Wilton Tucker, known as Jim Tucker, is the former Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and ally of Governor Bobby Jindal. An investment banker from the Terrytown section of ...more

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Joseph Boyden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Joseph Boyden is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His first novel, Three Day Road won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His ...more

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Michelle Miller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Michelle Miller Journalist, Actor Michelle M. Miller is an actress and a journalist.

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Brian Traxler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Baseball player Brian Lee Traxler was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during their 1990 season. Listed at 5' 10", 200 lb., Traxler batted and threw ...more

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Bo McCalebb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Basketball player Lester "Bo" McCalebb is an American-born naturalized Macedonian professional basketball player who plays for Bayern Munich of the Basketball Bundesliga. He also represented the ...more

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Cynthia Hedge-Morrell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Politician Cynthia Hedge-Morrell is an American teacher, a former school administrator and a Democratic politician from New Orleans.

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Chris Hazel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Chris Hazel Lawyer Lowell Christopher Hazel, known as Chris Hazel, is an attorney from Pineville, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 27, which encompasses ...more

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David N. Rahni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
David N. Rahni

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Eric Revis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Eric Revis Bassist, Composer Eric Revis is a jazz bassist and composer. Revis came to prominence as a jazz bassist with the legendary Betty Carter in the mid-1990s and since 1997 has been a solid member of Branford ...more

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Jan Aronson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Jan Aronson Artist Jan Aronson is a New Orleans born artist working and living in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans in 1971 and her Master’s degree from Pratt ...more

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Jericho Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Poet, Writer Jericho Brown, born Nelson Demery, III, is an American poet. In 2011, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.

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Benny Rousselle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Benny Rousselle Politician, Real Estate Broker Benedict G. Rousselle, known as Benny Rousselle, is a Realtor and a Democratic politician from Plaquemines Parish in Greater New Orleans, Louisiana. From 1996 to 1999, Rousselle served District ...more

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Paul Mainieri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Paul Mainieri Coach Paul Mainieri is the head coach of the LSU Tigers baseball team. Prior to that position he was the head coach of the Notre Dame baseball team from 1995–2006, the United States Air Force Academy ...more

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Mboya Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Mboya Nicholson Mboya Nicholson, is a Toronto-based, Canadian pedagogue and pianist.

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Diane Winston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Diane Grisham Winston is a businesswoman from Covington, Louisiana, who served as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996 until term-limited in 2008. Her District ...more

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James Michalopoulos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
James Michalopoulos James Michalopoulos is an American painter, sculptor, and entrepreneur. His paintings are "iconic" color filled textual representations of New Orleans, Louisiana life and landscapes. ...more

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Anita Ratnam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Actor Anita Ratnam is an accomplished Indian classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer, whose career spans four decades and in 15 countries. Classically trained in Bharat Natyam, she has ...more

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Shirley D. Bowler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Shirley D. Bowler Editing, Writer, Teacher Shirley Duvigneaud Bowler is a writer and editor who served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 until term-limited in 2008. A Republican, she represented Louisiana ...more

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Jay C. Zainey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Jay C. Zainey Judge Jay Christopher Zainey is a United States federal judge. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Zainey was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1970 to 1976. During this time he received a B.S. ...more

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Darryl Willis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Darryl Willis Darryl Keith Willis is an American geologist and publicist, currently Vice President of resources of BP America. He is head of Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims and public relations ...more

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Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Songwriter, Rapper, Singer Christopher Breaux, better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Justin Bieber, Damienn ...more

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Erica Spindler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Erica Spindler Erica Spindler is a New York Times Best-Selling author, who specializes in romantic thrillers.

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Bin Ramke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni
Bin Ramke Poet Lloyd Binford Ramke is an American poet and editor.