Black Cultural Center



The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center welcomes our new and returning students for the 2016-17 academic year.  We hope this year will be both successful and exciting for our entire Vanderbilt community.  Please come by the Center early and often as your time permits for interesting cultural programming, great food, and fellowship.  Also, visit this site often for programming announcements and updates throughout the year.


Vanderbilt University is rich with the history of African Americans since Joseph Johnson became the first to attend the university.  In addition to the many current events highlighted on this page, please visit the Black History Alumni Spotlight page to learn more about African American students who changed the campus landscape and enhanced Vanderbilt University as one of the top institutions in the world. You may also wish to visit our Celebrating Change website for even more highlights celebrating the legacy of African Americans at Vanderbilt University.


Class of 2017
Commencement Week

Black Graduates’ Recognition Ceremony
Thursday, April 11th • 7:30 PM
Langford, Auditorium

Tickets are free and available through Sarratt Cinema Box Office.


Vanderbilt University Commencement
Friday, May 12th • 9:00 AM
Alumni Lawn

CLICK HERE for Commencement Week schedule and additional details.


BCC Graduates’
Farewell Reception

Friday, May 12th • 12 Noon
Black Cultural Center

Lunch refreshments served as we offer a final farewell to the Class of 2017 and officially end the academic year.  Come out for great food, music, and fellowship.