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Adornment Policy

The Office of the Provost Office, in conjunction with the University Marshal, the Division of Communications, representatives from all 10 schools and colleges, and various campus departments, developed the following adornment policy for Vanderbilt’s annual Commencement ceremonies.

  • Adornments may be worn but are limited to cords from organizations officially recognized by Vanderbilt. Read the Dean of Students’ student organization guidelines.
  • Requests for non-cord adornments must be submitted to the Division of Communications Signature Events team 60 days prior to the ceremony date via written request. The link to download the request form is shown below. Approvals may be granted after review by the Office of the Provost, Dean of Students and any relevant schools, colleges or other organizations.
  • Decoration on mortar boards is not allowed under any circumstance.

This policy was put into effect in November 2016.

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POLICY UPDATED 4/24/2019