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Regalia (Cap and Gown)

Caps and gowns must be worn by all ceremony participants. The deadline to rent your cap and gown is April 10. Rental regalia is the standard for all Vanderbilt ceremonies. All post graduate candidates (non-undergraduates) who would like to purchase their regalia, click here or call 1-800-223-0429. 

DEADLINE – April 10, 2015
The deadline to RENT regalia is April 10, 2015.  Ordering late jeopardizes appropriate delivery of regalia and incur a late fee .  Students MUST have regalia to walk in the ceremony without exception.

Bachelor - $61.60
Masters - $85.60
Doctors - $146.90
Ph.D. - $164.00

PICK UP – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt (upper level)
Wednesday, May 6th, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 7th, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RETURN – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt
Friday, May 8th, by 3 p.m.
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.

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Herff-Jones is the provider of Vanderbilt University’s official Commencement announcements. Announcements purchased by April 10 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 2, 3  and 4, 1-6 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • February 3, 4 and 5, 1-6 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • May 6 and 7,  8-5 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • May 9, 11-3 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore

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Relive Commencement Day with an official 2015 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 prior to May 8th will be shipped by May 31st.
  • Orders submitted after May 8th and prior to the June 12th deadline will be shipped by June 22nd.
  • The ordering deadline is June 12th.

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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 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

  • May 6 from 9 p.m. – midnight
  • Commons Center Lawn
  • Rain or Shine
  • Tickets are required for admission*
    One complimentary ticket will be sent to each graduating student and additional guest tickets may be purchased for $20 each.
    * Children 12 years of age and under do not require a ticket.
  • More information about THE PARTY

One complimentary ticket will be sent to all degree candidates with their Commencement Handbook. Additional tickets may be purchased for $20 online until April 24, or at the door the night of the show.

The deadline has passed for online orders. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Cash or checks are only accepted. No credit cards.

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

Your package will include lunch, champagne and mimosas, rental of a private room, tables, chairs, linens, and décor. Audio Visual options can be added to any package by calling our office. We can customize your reception. Please contact us for more details.Centerpiece

Private Commencement Receptions start at $60 per person.

Receptions are available on May 8, 2015 beginning at 12:00 pm.

The Reservation Deadline is April 17, 2015

 For more information:
* E-mail

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Commodore Ballroom Buffet Lunch

Avoid 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, champagne bar, and seating times to accommodate your busy schedule.

Commencement Lunch reservations are $30 per person.

You can choose to be seated at 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30pm or 2:00pm.

For more information:
* E-mail

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Express MealRand

The purchasing period for Commencement Express Meals has expired. Meals can be purchased onsite at Rand Dining center for breakfast, lunch, or both on May 7 and 8.

Accommodations at the Commons

The Vanderbilt University Office of Conferences is offering on campus housing during the 2015 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 6, 7 and 8, 2015. 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.


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Commencement ProgramsProgram

Order copies of the Commencement Program and just pay for postage. (Availability varies by year.)  Pre-Orders of the 2015 ceremony  will be shipped after May 13th.

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Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Ads

We are now taking orders for the 2014-2015 Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Ads to appear in the yearbook.

Yearbook 2015

Simply visit The Commodore Yearbook to place your order and also order your Parent Congratulatory Ad. The deadline to receive the ad text and photo is 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.