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Owen Graduate School of Management

Friday, May 8, 2020

Main Commencement Ceremony

9:00 am, Alumni Lawn
Graduates arrival time: 8:25 am

Owen Graduate School of Management Diploma Ceremony

11:00 am David Williams II Student Recreation and Wellness Center 
2700 Children's Way
Graduates arrival time: 10:30 am


Graduates from August 2019, December 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 Owen Graduate School of Management Diploma Ceremony at the Rec Center. You will receive email messages from both the University Registrar and the Owen Graduate School of Management about confirming your attendance and other important information. Messages will be sent to your permanent (non-VU) email address as specified on your intent to graduate form. Please reply to all messages when requested. Owen will continue to contact graduates until we receive a response. 

Receptions honoring graduates will be held on Thursday, May 7 at the following times: Graduate Celebration (MBA Friends and Family Reception) in the Owen Lobby from 3:00-4:30 pm; MAcc Celebration at Kimpton Aertson (across from Owen) on the 17th floor from 4:15-6:30 pm; MSF Celebration at Kimpton Aertson at the Henley from 4:15-6:00 pm; EMBA Celebration at Kimpton Aertson in the Patterson Ballroom from 5:00-8:00 pm; MMark Celebration at Kimpton Aertson in the Robbins Room from 4:30-6:30pm. Degree candidates and their guests are welcome to these events.

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 6th and 7th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. 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 .

Main Commencement Ceremony

The Main Ceremony takes place on Alumni Lawn (Memorial Gymnasium in case of severe weather, see Commencement app). Owen Graduate students should arrive at the Owen Lobby by 7:30 am. We will walk as a group to Alumni Lawn at 8:45 am. The procession begins promptly at 9:00 am.  When released from the Main Ceremony, graduate students should walk to the Rec Center for the Owen Graduate School of Management Diploma Ceremony. Additional instructions to come from the Academic Programs & Student Life Office.

Diploma Ceremony

All Owen Graduate School of Management graduates will receive their diplomas at the Diploma Ceremony that directly follows the Main Commencement Ceremony. The Diploma Ceremony will be held at the Recreation and Wellness Center at 2700 Children's Way and begins promptly at 11:00 am with graduates arriving at 10:30 am.

Guest Seating

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in “designated” guest areas (white chairs are for guests). Handicapped seating is located in the center, front section of the guest seating area. 

Important Instructions:

  • Please keep ALL aisles clear at all times for the processional/recessional.
  • Please refrain from cell phone use during the ceremony.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited inside or around the tent area.
  • Pets are prohibited other than official service animals.


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.


Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center is located at 2700 Children's Way. Please refer to this map.


Parking for all guests and participants is available at the 25th Avenue Garage, Kensington Garage, Terrace Place Garage, and Wesley Place Garage. Shuttle buses will be available from all four garages. In addition, a shuttle from the Main Ceremony on Alumni Lawn to the Graduate School Diploma Ceremony on Magnolia Lawn will run at 10:15 am. for special needs guests. Refer to the shuttle service map and the Vanderbilt Commencement website for complete schedules and locations.

Strawberries & Champagne Reception

Follwing the Owen Graduate School of Management Diploma Ceremony there will be a Strawberries & Champagne Reception in the Owen Lobby until 2:00 pm.