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Families and Guests


We look forward to welcoming you to the Vanderbilt campus for the events of Commencement. Our celebration takes place May 9-11, 2018.

All family members and guests are welcome at all Commencement-related events. Tickets are not required for any Commencement ceremony. Tickets will be required for THE PARTY and are available for purchase online.

  • No umbrellas are allowed during the ceremony
  • Book your accommodations as early as possible - GO
  • No tickets are required for any ceremony (THE PARTY is the only ticketed event - GO)
  • Take care of any disabled guest needs - GO
  • Remember to bring your Commencement Handbook with you (mails in mid-February)
  • Undergraduate degrees will be awarded at the main ceremony, all other Graduate/Professional degrees will be awarded at individual ceremonies across campus
  • Indoor viewing areas are setup around Alumni Lawn for overflow, those sensitive to the weather or children - GO

Are you coming to Commencement from outside the United States and need travel documentation? Request an “Invitation Letter” for Commencement. For more information, please visit the International Student & Scholar Services website.