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Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Vanderbilt University will hold the Class of 2020’s on-campus Commencement ceremony and related events on May 1 and 2, 2021. Each graduate may have up to two guests attend their ceremony.

All Class of 2020 undergraduates, including students who graduated in summer or fall of 2019, are invited to participate in the annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 1, 2021, at Vanderbilt Stadium. Those who are unable to attend are invited to participate virtually. The gates will open at 7 a.m. CST to graduates and guests. Graduates will be assigned and sent specific, staggered arrival times to allow for physical distancing.

All Class of 2020 graduate and professional students, including those who graduated in summer or fall of 2019, are invited to participate in their graduate or professional ceremony on May 2, 2021. Those who are unable to attend are invited to participate virtually.

Class of 2020 graduates who plan to attend in person must have submitted their RSVP by March 19.

RSVP Form for Class of 2020 Graduates

ADDITIONAL TICKETS REQUEST

Class of 2020 undergraduate student additional tickets request>>

Graduate and professional ceremony additional tickets request

For graduate and professional school, once you fill out the form and receive an email receipt, your additional tickets are confirmed and will be added to your FEVO account in a few days.

All additional tickets must be reserved by April 23. Please note: If you get a message stating, “This form is no longer accepting submissions,” that means all additional tickets for that ceremony have been claimed.

Before arriving on campus, all guests of Class of 2020 graduates must review the university’s Campus Visitors Acknowledgment.

Your school will be sharing more details soon about your ceremony. For health and safety reasons, all hooding or pinning elements of graduate and professional ceremonies will be contactless and involve graduates hooding or pinning themselves.

As part of our emergency preparedness protocols, the university will monitor weather monitoring before and during all Commencement activities. In the event of severe inclement weather, ceremonies may be postponed or canceled. In the event of rain absent severe weather, ceremonies will continue, and ponchos will be provided to guests and graduates. 

We encourage you to regularly check your Vanderbilt email address for updates from the university on details of Commencement. You will be required to use your Vanderbilt email address to fill out Commencement information.

Seniors in Cap and Gown at Vanderbilt Stadium.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Schedule of Events

Caroline KennedyFriday, April 30, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Undergraduate Commencement ceremony at Vanderbilt Stadium, 9 a.m.
    • Tickets must be reserved by March 31.
    • A livestream of the ceremony will be available on the Vanderbilt University website homepage.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

  • Graduate and professional Commencement ceremonies
    • School of Medicine, 9 a.m. at Rec Center Field 3
    • School of Nursing, 9 a.m. at Rec Center Field 1
    • Graduate School and School of Engineering, 9 a.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium
    • Law School, 12:30 p.m. at Rec Center Field 1
    • Owen Graduate School of Management, 2 p.m. at Rec Center Field 3
    • Peabody College, 3 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium
    • Divinity School, 4 p.m. at Rec Center Field 1
    Your school will be sharing more details soon about your ceremony. For health and safety reasons, all hooding or pinning elements of graduate and professional ceremonies will be contactless and involve graduates hooding or pinning themselves.

On the day of each ceremony:

  • Guest stadium pod seatingAll events will be outdoors.
  • All graduate check-in processes will be contactless.
  • Tickets will be required for the two guests of each attendee.
  • All attendees, including members of the Class of 2020, guests and event staff, must abide by campus health and safety protocols. This includes wearing a mask and physical distancing from others not in your guest “pod.”
  • Physically distanced seating, with the exception of two-person guest pods, will be used at all events. All seats will be pre-assigned.
  • All graduates and guests must abide by the university’s clear bag policyLockers will be provided at each ceremony location. If guests forget to bring a clear bag, they can check their bag at one of the lockers on-site free of charge.
  • Graduates are encouraged not to wear heels to keep the turf intact.

Class of 2020 graduates, including those who graduated in August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020, received their diplomas last year. For more information about diplomas at Vanderbilt, please see Diplomas.

Seniors in Cap and Gown at Vanderbilt Stadium.(John Russell/Vanderbilt University)


May 8, 2020 – Interim Chancellor Wente’s Virtual Address

 

Class of 2020 Graduate Profiles

Additional 2020 Commencement Information