Skip to main content

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.
  • In keeping with the solemnity of the ceremonies, special regalia is worn to symbolize reaching a significant milestone in one’s educational journey – earning your degree, and as such adornments to regalia must be associated with officially recognized merit or honor societies or identity groups.
  • 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.
  • Personal decorations, whether to the cap or gown, are not allowed as they may detract from the spirit and dignity of the occasion or alter or obscure recognition of the degree that the designated regalia represents.

This policy was put into effect in November 2016.

Learn more about Vanderbilt regalia.

Questions?  Contact Us.