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May 6, 7 and 8, 2015

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Vanderbilt Commencement is a three day celebration open to graduates, their family and friends.  Tickets are not required for any event except THE PARTY on Wednesday night.  Guests are encouraged to attend all events your schedule will allow.

Interesting facts about Vanderbilt's Commencement ceremony:

  • Students receive their original diploma as they cross the stage as opposed to it being mailed after the ceremony.
  • Only the Chancellor addresses the graduates on Commencement Day. Senior Day is reserved for our guest speaker. This day is all about the graduates!
  • Vanderbilt does not award honorary degrees.
  • You must complete all degree requirements to participate in the ceremony.
  • Commencement happens once a year on the 2nd Friday in May.


2015 Catch up with old friends at The Ingram Commons Open Houses.

8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Ingram Commons

party This is an all ages event for the whole family.

9 p.m. - Midnight
The Ingram Commons


regina Walter Isaacson is the 2015 Nichols-Chancellor Medal recipient.

11 a.m. - Noon
Memorial Gym

faculty Four distinguished faculty members give you a taste of the Vanderbilt experience.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Wilson Hall


commencement day All ten schools process in simultaneously before degrees are conferred and the Chancellor's address. Strawberries and Champagne, a reception for the undergraduate class of 2015 hosted by the Chancellor, immediately follows the main ceremony.

9 a.m. - Noon
Alumni Lawn

Future Commencement Dates

 2016  -  May 11, 12, 13
 2017  -  May 10, 11, 12
 2018  -  May 9, 10, 11
 2019  -  May 8, 9, 10

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Vanderbilt offers a complimentary early alert system for all Commencement attendees. The system is designed to inform you, via text message, if any of the main ceremonies have been moved or canceled due to weather or any unexpected circumstance.