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FAQS

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?
  • 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. If you have specific accessibility needs, please fill out the Commencement Accessibility form.
  • What happens if it rains?
    • If only raining, both the main and undergraduate ceremonies will continue as planned at Vanderbilt Stadium. Please note that umbrellas are not permitted in the facility. In case of storms, the ceremonies will take place in Memorial Gym. For graduate and professional school ceremonies, please check with respective departments for updates. Updates on weather-related changes will be posted to the Commencement website and within the Comment app.
  • What items are not permitted inside Memorial Gym and Vanderbilt Stadium?
    • The clear bag policy is in effect for Commencement activities. Any other bags must be checked at lockers provided on Jess Neely Drive between stadium gates 2 and 3. At this time, only flowers are allowed in Vanderbilt Stadium. Balloons and other signage are prohibited. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Both can be checked at the lockers. Beverages are not allowed inside; however, packaged snacks are allowed.
  • I am a summer or fall 2022 graduate. May I participate in Commencement 2022?
    • While you will graduate in summer or fall 2022, you will be invited to participate in the 2023 Commencement ceremony. All graduates receive their official diploma at the Commencement ceremony and therefore must complete all degree requirements to participate.
  • What parking and shuttle services are available for Commencement?
    • Parking and shuttle service information for Commencement ceremonies and the Strawberries and Champagne social can be found here.

More FAQs will be added as we continue to finalize details for the Commencement ceremonies.