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All current information is from the May 2014 Ceremony. Though many events adjust from year to year, you can use last years schedule as a guide until the 2015 information is published.

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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 2. Rental regalia is the standard for all Vanderbilt ceremonies.

DEADLINE – April 2, 2014
The deadline to RENT regalia is April 2, 2014.  Ordering late jeopardizes appropriate delivery of regalia and will incur a late fee of $10.00.  Students MUST have regalia to walk in the ceremony without exception.

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

RETURN – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt
Friday, May 9th, by 3 p.m.
Bachelors return gown only, keep tassel and cap for souvenir. Masters keep tassel and cap, return hood and gown. All Doctors return gown, tam with tassel and hood.

Graduates wishing to purchase their regalia may do so here.

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2013 announcement


Herff-Jones is the provider of Vanderbilt University’s official Commencement announcements. Announcements purchased by April 11 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:

  • October 3, 4 and 6, 1-6 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • December 3, 4 and 5, 1-6 p.m., Vanderbilt University Bookstore

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Relive Commencement Day with an official 2014 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 9th will be shipped by May 31st.
  • Orders submitted after May 9th and prior to the June 14th deadline will be shipped by June 21st.
  • The ordering deadline is June 14th.

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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 7 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 25, or at the door the night of the show.

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Accommodations at the Commons

The Vanderbilt University Office of Conferences is offering on campus housing during the 2014 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 7, 8 and 9, 2014. 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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Box Lunches

For $10, Vanderbilt Dining is offering a box lunch to graduates and guests on Thursday after the Senior Day Speaker and on Friday after the Commencement Ceremonies. Pre-ordered boxed lunches may be picked up in the Rand Hall Dining Center from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Lunches include a beverage of your choice: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite or bottled water.

Thursday’s Menu

  • Meat Option: Roast Turkey and Swiss on Pretzel Bread (Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard and Mayo)
  • Vegetarian Option: Grilled Spring Vegetable Spinach Wrap with Herbed Cream Cheese
  • Whole Fruit, Pasta Salad, Potato Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Commemorative Chocolate Coin

Friday’s Menu

  • Meat Option: BBQ Chicken and Chipotle Wrap (Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese and BBQ sauce)
  • Vegetarian Option: Mediterranean Spinach Wrap (Hummus Tabouli, Feta and Mesculin Greens)
  • Whole Fruit, Five Bean Salad, Sun Chips, Brownie, Commemorative Chocolate Coin

The reservation deadline is May 5, 2014.

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Private Receptions


Commencement Receptions

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.

The joys of an on campus reception:
*Award-winning catering
*We’ll take care of the details – food, décor, and logistics
*Conveniently located on campus

The reservation deadline is April 18, 2014.  For more information:
* E-mail or call 615.936.5969
*Package pricing and information 

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Commencement Programs

ProgramOrder copies of the Commencement Program and just pay for postage. (Availability varies by year.)  Pre-Orders of the 2014 ceremony  will be shipped after May 14th.

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Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Ads

We are now taking orders for the 2013-2014 Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Ads to appear in the yearbook.

Yearbook 2014

Simply visit The Commodore Yearbook to place your order and also order your Parent Congratulatory Ad. 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

2015 - May 6, 7, 8
2016 - May 11, 12, 13
2017 - May 10, 11, 12
2018 - May 9, 10, 11

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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.