The 2017-2018 gift cards have been distributed. Please check back with this site to see if more become available.

Are you in need of professional attire for an upcoming interview, Career Fair, or other professional development experience, but have financial concerns?

Qualifications: Must be a current junior or senior; must have financial need based on records with the Office of Student Financial Services

What is expected of me? Pick up the card & packet at the Career Center; within a week of purchasing, turn in all receipts to the Career Center; write a thank you note to the donor (may be anonymous if preferred) and give the note to the Career Center in person or electronically. If submitting via email send to

Please note: The card will not affect your financial aid, but you may need to complete a Form 1099 for income tax purposes.We have a limited supply of cards due to funding. Please allow up the 10 business days from your time of request to receive your card. Stop by or email for more information.

If you’re interested in supporting the Commodore Closet fund, please contact Jennie Marchal, Associate Director of Employer Relations at


 “I write you with immense gratitude. I received my gift card two days before a job fair I was rushing to prepare for and was able to select and tailor a suit in time to make the ultimate first impression. As a young professional applying for positions alongside seasoned vets, I’ll take any boost in confidence I can get, and my new outfit provided a substantial one. I hope this program continues, and I hope to one day make my own contribution.”

“I wanted to thank you for donating to the Vanderbilt Commodore Closet. As a senior embarking on the job search, the interview process is always intimidating, but as a foster child without the guidance or financial means that my peers seek from their parents, it’s absolutely terrifying. Now knowing that I can walk confidently and proudly, into an interview looking my best, gives me faith that I will perform as suavely as I will look. I quite literally would have had no way to afford a suit otherwise – your support means more than you could possibly know. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The Commodore Closet, launched during the fall semester of 2017 with a seed donation from an alumnus, provides $250 gift cards from partnering department stores to purchase professional attire. The cards are distributed to currently enrolled juniors and seniors at Vanderbilt University with financial need who are interviewing, attending Career Fairs, and/or are involved in other professional networking events. Our Career Coaches help students envision the articles they need to complete an outfit. Participating vendors include Men’s Wearhouse, Ann Taylor/Loft and Stein Mart.

Special thanks to our alumni & parents who have contributed to the Commodore Closet!