In consultation with public health experts, the university has determined it will host Commencement ceremonies on campus for the Class of 2022. While we are planning to celebrate in person, there is a possibility that we may have to change some plans based on COVID-19 conditions at that time. If any changes are made, we will update the Vanderbilt community via email and this website.
Frequently asked questions
- Will tickets be required for guests? Will the number of guests per graduate be limited?
- At this time, the main ceremony and the undergraduate ceremony will not require tickets for guests, and the events will be open admission. Graduate and professional students should check with their schools to determine if any ticketing will be required at school-specific ceremonies.
- Do graduates need to RSVP for Commencement?
- In the spring semester, all graduates will indicate their attendance for Commencement when they fill out Graduation Confirmation Form in YES.
- Will events take place indoors or outdoors?
- The main ceremony and undergraduate ceremony will take place outdoors in Vanderbilt Stadium. Graduate and professional ceremonies will take place at various locations across campus, with some indoors and other outdoors.
- Will the events be livestreamed?
- The main ceremony and undergraduate ceremony will be livestreamed. Graduate and professional school students should inquire with their schools about plans to livestream their specific school ceremonies.
- Will masking be required at Commencement?
- All health and safety protocols for Commencement will be based on campus health and safety policies at the time of the events.
- Will the events be accessible?
- All events will be accessible for those needing mobility accommodations. The main ceremony and undergraduate ceremonies will also include closed captioning on the on-site screen and livestream. In early spring, more information will be available on other accessibility accommodations, including wheelchair rental, mobility rides and more.
More FAQs will be added as we continue to finalize details for the Commencement ceremonies.