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Commencement is a wonderful and exciting time of the year. Just as nature has embarked on a fresh adventure, so do all of the Vanderbilt graduates of 2018.

August and December 2017 graduates planning to return for the ceremony in May should send us an email to let us know that you will be attending.

Please take some time to explore the various tabs across the top of the page. They give you with tools you need to enjoy a successful Commencement 2018.

Stay up to date with the latest changes by following Commencement online:



Know Before You Go

  • Order your regalia by April 6th to avoid late fees – GO
  • Confirm your permanent address with the University Registrar’s office – GO
  • Take care of any University fees before May 1st – GO
  • Undergraduate degrees will be awarded at the main ceremony, all other Graduate/Professional degrees will be awarded at individual ceremonies across campus.  May graduates will receive their diploma when crossing the stage (provided your student account is clear). 
  • No adornments are allowed on your caps; honors regalia must be pre-approved (view Adornment Policy) GO
  • Pick up your regalia on the Wednesday or Thursday the week of Commencement @ Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt
  • Be at Alumni Lawn on May 11th by 8:25am to receive your official name card and line up
  • Attire:
    • Senior Day:
      • Business casual or nicer
    • Commencement:
      • Men usually usually wear khakis/slacks and a button-down shirt (often with a tie)
      • Women usually wear dresses and non-high heel shoes due to walking on grass.

Key Deadlines

  • April 6 – Last day to purchase custom Ph.D. or master’s REGALIA (cap and gown) to arrive for Commencement 2018
  • April 6 – Last day for students to rent REGALIA (cap and gown)
  • April 13 – Final day to order ANNOUNCEMENTS in time for them to arrive before Commencement 2018
  • April 27 – Deadline to reserve PRIVATE DINING RECEPTIONS
  • May 1 – Deadline to reserve rooms for ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE COMMONS
  • May 1 – Final day to order BOX LUNCHES for Thursday and Friday of Commencement
  • May 8 – Last day to purchase THE PARTY tickets online
  • May 12 – Residence halls close for all students at 1 p.m.
  • June 14 – Deadline to order Digital Download
  • June 29 – Final day to make your SENIOR GIFT


Regalia Adornment Policy

Please review the University’s Adornment Policy as it relates to regalia (cap and gown) during Commencement.


Requirements for Graduation

All requirements for graduation must have been met before a student may participate or “walk” in the ceremony. There are no exceptions. Students who are unsure whether they have fulfilled all requirements should contact their respective school registrar.  

A student completing degree requirements in the summer or fall semester 2018 will be invited to participate in Commencement 2019, tentatively scheduled for May 8-10, 2019.


Commencement App

Download the App TODAY for Commencement alerts. Be sure to allow push notifications. The app will notify you with important updates regarding Commencement. You will not be inundated with messages or spammed. 


International Students

Do you have family or guests coming in from outside the United States that need travel documentation? Request an “Invitation Letter” for Commencement. For more information, please visit the International Student & Scholar Services website.


Senior Class Fund

This year, our goal is to achieve 75% (approx. 1,200 senior donors) class participation by graduation. Give now!

Mark your calendars for future commencements:

  • 2019 — May 8, 9, 10
  • 2020 — May 6, 7, 8
  • 2021 --- May 12, 13, 14
  • 2022 --- May 11, 12, 13