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Regalia (Cap and Gown)

ORDER DEADLINE – April 8, 2016 
Caps and gowns must be worn by all ceremony participants. Ordering late jeopardizes appropriate delivery of regalia and incurs a late fee.  Students MUST have regalia to walk in the ceremony without exception. Click here to order yours today.. 

All Masters/Doctors/Ph.D. candidates who would like to purchase their regalia instead of renting, click here or call Oak Hall at 1-800-223-0429. 

Bachelor - $67.65
Masters - $88.47
Doctors - $168.80
Ph.D. - $168.80

PICK UP – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt (upper level)
Wednesday, May 11th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 12th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RETURN DEADLINE – Monday, May 16 by noon
Bachelors keep or recycle gown, keep tassel and cap for souvenir. Masters keep tassel and cap, return hood and gown. All Doctors return gown, tam with tassel and hood.

For those undergraduate students who would like to recycle their gown, there will be large marked recycling containers set up around campus for collection. The recycle bins are only for undergraduates; they will not be suitable for regalia returns.  For those graduate/professional students who rent regalia, it should only be returned to the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt by Monday, May 16th, at Noon.

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Herff-Jones is the provider of Vanderbilt University’s official Commencement announcements. Announcements purchased by April 15 will arrive in time to mail before Commencement.

You can view the announcements at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt campus bookstore.

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diplomaframe Diploma Frames

Framing Success & Church Hill Classics offer beautiful diploma frames for Vanderbilt University.

You can view the selection of diploma frames at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt campus bookstore.

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Class Ring

classrings As an emblem of your achievements, the Alumni Association is proud to offer the Official Vanderbilt University Class Ring. The ring symbolizes an indelible, tangible connection the Vanderbilt’s past, present and future. It is reserved exclusively for students who have completed at least 60 credit hours and are in good standing with the university, and students in the final year of their professional or graduate degrees. To order your class ring, please visit the Balfour website.

Balfour will be on campus the following dates:

  • December 1, 2  and 3, 1-6 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • February 2, 3 and 4, 1-6 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • May 11 and 12,  8-5 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • May 13, 11-3 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore

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Relive Commencement Day with an official 2016 Vanderbilt University Commencement DVD. Includes the entire main commencement ceremony on Alumni Lawn and the undergraduate diploma-awarding ceremony. You will see graduates cross the stage in high-resolution, broadcast-quality video shot by a professional multi-camera crew. To order your DVD, please visit Stone Productions’ Vandy Grads site.

  • Pre-orders submitted by May 13th will be shipped by May 31st.
  • Orders submitted after May 13th and prior to the June 15th deadline will be shipped by June 27th.
  • The ordering deadline is June 15th.

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Grad Images Web button

GradImages® is honored to be a part of your graduation ceremony. We will be photographing every student as he/she is individually recognized. Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit

Click the Order Now button below to pre-register and to receive $5 off your purchase of $25 or more.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or via email at 

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theparty2010 THE PARTY Tickets

Each graduating student gains free admission at the door with their Vanderbilt student I.D. Additional guest tickets may be purchased for $20 each.  Tickets are $25 at the door.  Cash or checks are only accepted at the door. No credit cards. Children 12 years of age and under do not require a ticket.  

Purchase deadline for tables - April 29
Purchase deadline for tickets online - May 6

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On Campus Dining Options

The capstone to your graduate’s college life is an on-campus celebration. Let us take care of the planning while you enjoy the festivities with family and friends. One of the benefits of booking your reception through us is that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of parking or sitting in post-Commencement traffic!

Private Receptions

The Reservation Deadline is April 26, 2016

Receptions are available for groups up to 50.  For more information please email

Commodore Ballroom Buffet Lunch

The reservation deadline is Tuesday, April 26, 2016. 

CenterpieceAvoid making lunch reservations off campus and enjoy our upscale buffet lunch in the Commodore Ballroom at the Student Life Center.  Your reservation will include buffet lunch, featuring an array of food stations and seating times to accommodate your busy schedule.

Reservations will be accepted for Friday, May 13, 2016 beginning at 12 p.m.
You may choose to be seated at 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., or 2:00 p.m.  

PRICE: Adults: $55 per person plus tax
Children: (ages 6-12) $12 per person plus tax
Children 5 and under - no charge

*Cocktail packages may be added to any reservation or bottles of champagne for the tables.
PRICE: Cocktail Package: $15 per person plus tax
Bottle of Champagne:  $18 per person plus tax

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Vanderbilt Value MealsRand

Reservation deadline is Friday, May 6, 2016. 

Vanderbilt Value Meals may be purchased in advance for breakfast and lunch for Thursday, May 12-Friday, May 13.   
PRICE:  $8 per person plus tax.  
LOCATION: Rand Dining Center, Rand Hall


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Accommodations at the Commons

The Vanderbilt University Office of Conferences is offering on campus housing during the 2016 Commencement activities.

Commencement guests will have the opportunity to stay in Hank Ingram House, the newest and one of the most beautiful, state-of-the-art residence halls on campus. Nightly rates are only $99 per night, single or double occupancy. Rooms are available for the nights of May 11, 12 and 13, 2016. There is no minimum stay required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Hank Ingram House is fully ADA compliant. View more information about Accommodations at the Commons

Reservations will be accepted up until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. Walk-ins are accepted after the deadline.

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Commencement ProgramsProgram

Complimentary programs are available at the Commencement ceremony. You can order additional copies of programs from previous years or additional copies of the current year. Pricing is based on the quantity you order and the shipping costs involved. Shipping rates are listed on the ordering page and will be calculated at checkout based upon selections.  There is a 10 program limit on all online orders. 

Programs are $2.00 each plus the cost of shipping

Availability varies by year. Pre-Orders of the 2016 ceremony will be shipped after May 13th.

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Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Ads

We are now taking orders for the 2015-16 Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Ads to appear in the yearbook.

Yearbook 2016

Simply visit The Commodore Yearbook to place your order and also reserve your Parent Congratulatory Ad spot. You can reserve your space now to make sure you have one and then submit your ad text and photo(s) by May 15th. You will also find information throughout the year on yearbook and resume portrait dates and times for your student to take their Yearbook/Resume portraits.

WE WANT YOUR VU PHOTOS PARENTS and STUDENTS! We are also inviting parents, families, students, faculty, staff and Vanderbilt community members to submit photos of Vandy events that they attend to our Scrapbook section. If you are attending events on campus such as Move-in Weekend, Homecoming, Parent and Family Weekend, Rites of Spring, Commencement or just making a family visit on a quiet weekend, we hope to include your photos in the yearbook.

Please let us know if you have any questions about placing your order or about the yearbook in general. We may be reached via email at or via phone at 615-343-3064.

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Hometown Newspaper Announcements

Share the news with everyone back home! Request a press release to be emailed to your hometown newspaper.

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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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Text Alerts

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.