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Join us for Commencement 
May 11-13, 2016

Preparations are already underway for Commencement 2016.  As you navigate the site you will find information on the week of activities, graduate instructions, maps and more.  

The main ceremony is Friday, May 13th.  We hope you can join us for all three days as we celebrate our graduates.

If you have any questions, call 615-322-2870 or email us at


2016 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 The 2016 Nichols-Chancellor Medal recipient is broadcast journalist and philanthropist Soledad O'Brien.  
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 2016 hosted by the Chancellor, immediately follows the main ceremony.

9 a.m. - Noon
Alumni Lawn

Future Commencement Dates

 2017  -  May 10, 11, 12
 2018  -  May 9, 10, 11
 2019  -  May 8, 9, 10
 2020 -  May 6, 7, 8

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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.