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Join us for Commencement:
May 11, 12 and 13, 2016

The class of 2019 arrives this fall just as undergraduate seniors embrace their final year. Preparations are already underway for Commencement 2016.  Look for updates the week of Thanksgiving when this website is re-launched with all new information.  

For now, explore these pages. The schedule traditionally remains the same from year to year.  If you have any questions, you may contact us at


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 was the 2015 Nichols-Chancellor Medal recipient. The 2016 speaker will be announced at a later date during fall semester.

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

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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.