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Welcome to a celebration of the Class of 2020. While we wish we could have celebrated Commencement 2020 in person, we are as excited as ever to honor our graduates’ many achievements and welcome them to the Commodore family for life.

As we continue to celebrate your resilience during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as your remarkable contributions to the university and beyond, please find here special messages from your Vanderbilt community, a toast to celebrate you, plans for next spring’s in-person celebrations and other opportunities to stay connected. You'll also find celebratory messages from Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges, your friends, and the larger Commodore family.

A Toast to the Class of 2020

Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente was joined by deans, administrators, former and current faculty heads of house on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, coaches, Board of Trust members and alumni in saluting the Class of 2020 with a virtual toast to mark the start of their journeys as Vanderbilt graduates.

 Planning for the Class of 2020 Commencement Activities

Interim Chancellor Susan R. Wente announced that the Class of 2020 will be celebrating here at Vanderbilt on the weekend of May 1-2, 2021. The Graduating Student Advisory Committee is soliciting input and sharing ideas with Commencement organizers as we make plans for the Class of 2020’s May 2021 Commencement activities. Feel free to reach out to your fellow graduates on the committee or submit your ideas here. Read the message from Interim Chancellor Wente regarding plans to postpone Commencement and other related activities until May 2021. (View FAQs related to 2020 Commencement plans.)

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Tag your posts #VU2020 so we can be part of your celebrations.

Packages were shipped starting the week of June 1 from Oak Hall Cap & Gown. We understand some packages may not have arrived in the best condition due to delivery issues. Please contact the Commencement Office at if there were any issues with your package for a replacement.

 Commencement Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom

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Note: For the backgrounds that include text, the words will appear backwards to you if you have screen mirroring turned on on Zoom,
but will appear normal to the other people on the video call.

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