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Join us for Commencement
May 11-13, 2016


Each year, our volunteers distribute nearly 18,000 programs, bottled waters, and hand fans to our graduates and guests.  Our colleagues are a critical component of the more than 345 volunteers, staff, security, and marshals who make these three days possible. You will find our volunteers in bright yellow polos and black pants ready to give directions and provide any assistance you need. 

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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

FRIDAY - May 13

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.