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Many options were explored before deciding on a May 2021 ceremony. There are too many unknowns at present regarding the ability to travel domestically and internationally to plan a summer or fall ceremony. Many graduates will just be starting jobs or graduate and professional programs in the fall and it was felt that setting a May 2021 date would allow the most time for all to plan and be able to attend. We will be working with students from both the 2020 and 2021 classes on planning the set of events for each that will respectfully and fully recognize each appropriately. 

All students with a degree expected term of Spring 2020 and who met their degree requirements to graduate at the end of the Spring 2020 semester had their degrees conferred and posted to their Vanderbilt transcript on, or shortly after, May 8, 2020.

If you expected to graduate at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, please check your degree expect term on the Student Landing page in YES. If the degree expect term does not reflect Spring 2020 and you expected to graduate at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, please contact your school’s Dean’s Office

Shortly after degrees were posted, graduating students should have received an official electronic copy of their diploma starting the week of May 18, 2020. Hard-copy diplomas will be mailed directly to all graduating students as soon as possible after degree conferral. It is important for students to check their Permanent (Home) Address in YES to ensure it reflects the address to which the diploma should be mailed.

Individual schools and colleges may extend invitations to regularly scheduled events to 2020 graduates during the 2020-21 academic year. They will reach out to the graduates directly with more information.

Each organizer is exploring options and may consider hosting events virtually or as part of the events scheduled in May 2021. Organizers will be working with students directly on plans.

Yes, regalia purchases will be refunded to the credit card used to purchase or rent it. You will need to contact Oak Hall Cap & Gown at or 800-456-7623 in order to complete the refund process.

Class of 2020 graduates may still order regalia by navigating Your regalia will be shipped to your home address.

You should reach out to the group(s) you expected to receive a cord from and ask for details about getting it.

Graduation announcements can be ordered until the middle June from our vendor Herff Jones by navigating to

Commencement Housing and Brunch reservations were processed at the end of March, and guests will not need to request a refund. Questions about these refunds can be sent to

Refunds for table reservations, tickets, and gourmet totes and wine orders were refunded to the original payment method at the end of March. Questions about these refunds may be sent to

To honor the Class of 2020, area hotels are offering discount rates for graduates, families, and friends. 

The Graduate Hotel
101 20th Ave. N
Nashville, TN 37203

Holiday Inn Vanderbilt
2613 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212

Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt
2400 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203

Hyatt House at Vanderbilt
2100 Hayes St.
Nashville, TN 37203

Nashville Vanderbilt Moxy
1911 Belcourt Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212