Ignatius went to Tulane University and then “stuck around there for four more years to get him a master’s degree.” Mrs. Reilly is very proud to tell people that her son “graduated smart.”
Tulane University was founded in 1834 as a medical school. It expanded and its current campus opened in 1894. The campus sits on St. Charles Avenue and is flanked by many beautiful, and huge live oaks.
Here’s a photo of the main building…
Ignatius loves to tell the story of how he took a Scenicruiser bus to Baton Rouge to take a job in the “Medieval Culture Department” at an un-named university. There are a number of small colleges in and around Baton Rouge, but Toole was probably referencing Louisiana State University.