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School of Nursing

Friday, May 8, 2020

Main Commencement Ceremony

9:00 a.m., Alumni Lawn
Graduates arrival time: 8:25 a.m.

School of Nursing Investiture Ceremony

11:00 a.m., Branscomb Quadrangle
Graduates arrival time: 10:30 a.m.

Graduates from August 2019December 2019 and May 2020 are eligible to participate in Commencement ceremonies on May 8, 2020. This includes the Main Ceremony on Alumni Lawn, followed by the School of Nursing Investiture Ceremony at Branscomb Quadrangle.  You will receive email messages from both the University Registrar and the School of Nursing  confirming your attendance and other important information. Messages will be sent to your permanent (non-VU) email address  and your VU email address.  Please reply to all messages when requested.

The best way to find information and stay up-to-date on day of changes is to download the Vanderbilt App for Apple or Android phones. Be sure to turn on notifications for last minute alerts of potential venue changes due to inclement weather.



All graduating students must order and wear regalia (cap, gown, hood) in order to participate, and are responsible for ordering it through Vanderbilt University.

Please note:  The deadline for ordering regalia is April 3, 2020.  

Students must pick up their regalia at the upper level of Barnes and Noble at Vanderbilt, located at 2525 West End Avenue, across from Centennial Park, on Wednesday and Thursday, May 6 and 7, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.. Please bring a photo ID, or allow someone to present your Vanderbilt ID to pick up your regalia on your behalf.  Regalia will not be available on Alumni Lawn

Faculty should order, pick up and return regalia as instructed by their dean’s office. Faculty regalia contacts by school.

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony for May 2020 MSN and DNP Candidates

4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7

Wightman Chapel, The Scarritt-Bennett Center
1110 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

Reception following at the School of Nursing

Main Commencement Ceremony

The Main Ceremony takes place on Alumni Lawn (Memorial Gymnasium in case of severe weather, see Commencement app). Nursing students should arrive at Kirkland Hall by 8:25 a.m.. where they will line up by degree. The procession begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. When released from the Main Ceremony, nursing students should walk to Branscomb Quadrangle for the School of Nursing Investiture Ceremony (please allow 15 minutes). Additional instructions and maps can be found on the Vanderbilt Commencement website.


All graduating students should arrive at Branscomb Quadrangle by 10:30 a.m. Students will check-in and receive a card with instructions for line-up, processional, hooding, diploma, and photos. 


A professional photographer takes photos as graduates shake hands with the Dean on stage. As a courtesy to all in attendance, please ask your guests to refrain from advancing to the front of the stage area to take photos. After the ceremony, the stage is available for additional graduate and guest photo opportunities.


Branscomb Quadrangle is located Vanderbilt Place between 24th Avenue, South and 25th Avenue, South.  Please refer to this map.


Complimentary parking is available for all participants and guests at the following garages: 

  • 25th Ave. Garage on the corner of 25th and Highland Avenues – please use the Highland Ave. entrance only
  • Terrace Place Garage on the corner of 21st Ave. and Terrace Place
  • Wesley Place Garage on the corner of 21st Ave. and Scarritt Place
  • Kensington Place Garage on the corner of 25th Ave. and Kensington Place 

Shuttles buses will be available from all four garages.

School of Nursing Reception

Following the School of Nursing Investiture Ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates and their guests in the Formal Lounge at Branscomb Quadrangle.