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Join us for Commencement:
May 6, 7 and 8, 2015

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2015 Commencement Handbook 



  • Students must report to their procession lines on Alumni Lawn no later than 8:25am on Commencement Day. (8:15am if we are in Memorial Gym due to rain)
  • Cap and gown pick up is in the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt on Wednesday and Thursday of Commencement week. (must pre-order online)
  • 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.
  • No tickets are need for Commencement Day. Only THE PARTY requires a ticket.
  • Effective July 1, 2014, Universal Carding is the law in the State of Tennessee. If you plan to purchase drink tickets for beer, wine or liquor at THE PARTY please remember to bring your ID. Regardless of age, everyone who plans to drink alcoholic beverages will be required to show ID before receiving a wristband which allows guests of legal age to purchase drink tickets and consume alcoholic beverages at THE PARTY.

NEW FOR 2015: Make your own t-shirt at THE PARTY!

shirt Pre-order your own commemorative t-shirt that you make yourself. Pick your shirt color, apply the screen print, slide it through the instant-dryer and your shirt is dry and ready to wear in less than 30 seconds!  Adult and Youth sizes available.  Click HERE to order.


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.