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Class of 2021

Class of 2021

Vanderbilt University will hold the Class of 2021’s on-campus Commencement ceremony and related events on May 15 and 16, 2021. Each graduate may have up to two guests attend their ceremony.

All Class of 2021 undergraduates, including students who graduated in summer or fall of 2020, are invited to participate in the annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. May 15, 2021, at Vanderbilt Stadium. Those who are unable to attend are invited to participate remotely. 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 2021 graduate and professional students, including those who graduated in summer or fall of 2020, are invited to participate in their graduate or professional ceremony on May 15 or 16, 2021. Those who are unable to attend are invited to participate virtually.

Locations and times have been finalized for all Class of 2021 graduate and professional ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16.

ADDITIONAL TICKETS REQUEST

Class of 2021 undergraduate student additional tickets request – No additional tickets are available for request at this time.

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.

Divinity School

Graduate School and School of Engineering

Law School – All additional tickets have been claimed

School of Medicine

School of Nursing – All additional tickets have been claimed

Owen Graduate School of Management

Peabody College

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.

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. 

Ticket reservations for undergraduate students’ two guests closed on March 31; tickets for graduate and professional students’ two guests close on April 7.

Before arriving on campus, all guests of Class of 2021 graduates must review the university’s Campus Visitors Acknowledgment.

All graduates should ensure they have met all requirements for graduation. Review the pre-Commencement checklist

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

Schedule of Events

Dr. Anthony FauciFriday, May 14, 2021

  • Virtual Graduates Day event featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and an internationally renowned biomedical scientist and Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal winner; 11 a.m., registration information coming soon

Saturday, May 15, 2021

  • Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, 9 a.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium
    • Tickets must be reserved by March 31.
    • A livestream of the ceremony will be available on the Vanderbilt University website homepage.
  • Graduate and professional Commencement ceremonies
    • School of Medicine, 1 p.m. at Rec Center Field 3
    • School of Nursing, 1 p.m. at Rec Center Field 1
    • Graduate School and School of Engineering, 4 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium

Sunday, May 16, 2021

  • Graduate and professional Commencement ceremonies
    • Owen Graduate School of Management, 9 a.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium
    • Law School, 2 p.m. at Rec Center Field 3
    • Divinity School, 3 p.m. at Rec Center Field 1
    • Peabody College, 3 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium

On the day of each ceremony:

  • Guest stadium pod seatingAll events will be outdoors.
  • All graduate check-in processes will be contactless.
  • All attendees, including members of the Class of 2021, 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 policy. Lockers 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 2021 graduates, including those who graduated in August 2020 and December 2020, will receive their diplomas by mail. For more information about diplomas at Vanderbilt, please see Diplomas.

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