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Regalia (Cap and Gown)

ORDER DEADLINE – April 6, 2018  (DEADLINE EXTENDED - April 29 w/ late fee)

PRICINGtwo regalia
Bachelor - $67.65
Masters - $88.47
Doctors - $168.80
Ph.D. - $168.80

All Masters/Doctors/Ph.D. candidates who would like to PURCHASE their regalia instead of renting the DEADLINE HAS PASSED - You may still rent your gown and have the option to purchase at the time of return.

~~ Personal decor on mortar boards, caps, or regalia is not allowed. To view the complete adornment policy on cords, decorations, etc. click here.

~~ To view the complete Vanderbilt regalia page with gown descriptions and tassel colors, click here.

PICK UP – located at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt (upper level)
Wednesday, May 9th, 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday, May 10th, 8 am – 5 pm

RETURN DEADLINE – Monday, May 14 by Noon
Bachelors keep or recycle gown, keep tassel and cap for souvenir. Masters keep tassel and cap, return hood and gown. All Doctors return gown, tam with tassel and hood.

recycleFor those undergraduate students who would like to recycle their gown, there will be large marked recycling containers set up around campus for collection. The recycle bins are only for undergraduates; they will not be suitable for regalia returns.  For those graduate/professional students who rent regalia, it should only be returned to the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt by Monday, May 14th, at Noon.


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Herff-Jones is the provider of Vanderbilt University’s official Commencement announcements. Announcements purchased by April 13 will arrive in time to mail before Commencement.

You can view the announcements at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt campus bookstore.

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diplomaframe Diploma Frames

Framing Success & Church Hill Classics offer beautiful diploma frames for Vanderbilt University.

Undergraduate and Master's diplomas are 8.5" tall X 11" wide
All other diplomas (doctoral and PhD) are 14" tall X 17" wide

You can view the selection of diploma frames at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt campus bookstore.

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Class Ring

classrings As an emblem of your achievements, the Alumni Association is proud to offer the Official Vanderbilt University Class Ring. The ring symbolizes an indelible, tangible connection the Vanderbilt’s past, present and future. It is reserved exclusively for students who have completed at least 60 credit hours and are in good standing with the university, and students in the final year of their professional or graduate degrees. To order your class ring, please visit the Balfour website.

Balfour will be on campus the following dates:

  • December 5, 6 and 7, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • February 6, 7 and 8, 11:00-4:00 pm, Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • May 9 and 10,  8-5 pm, Vanderbilt University Bookstore
  • May 11, 11-3 pm, Vanderbilt University Bookstore

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Video Downloads of Main Ceremony

Use social media to share the excitement of Graduation Day with family and friends with an official 2018 Vanderbilt University Commencement Digital Download!  You may even share on via your favorite social media platform like Facebook or Twitter. Pre-order by midnight May, 10, 2018 and within 24 to 72 hours after Commencement, you will receive a link to a professionally shot video clip of your graduate receiving their diploma. 

You will also receive a link to a video montage featuring highlights of the main commencement ceremony on Alumni Lawn.  If you order after midnight May 10, 2018, you will receive links to the video clip of your graduate and highlight video within one week of graduation.  To order your digital downloads, please visit Stone Productions’ Vandy Grads site.

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Grad Images Web button

GradImages® is honored to be a part of your graduation ceremony. We will be photographing every student as he/she is individually recognized. Your proofs will be available as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit

  • Undergraduates will have three shots; two behind the stage in front of a backdrop and one of the handshake with the Chancellor on stage.
  • Graduate and Professional Students will have at least two shots; either getting hooded, the handshake on stage, or in front of a backdrop.

Click the Order Now button below to pre-register and to receive 20% off your purchase of $50 or more.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or via email at 

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The Party Tickets

  • With Host Sam Edwards, Vanderbilt's 2017 Outstanding Senior
  • Featuring The Celebrity All Star Band and DJ Brandon Rolland
  • May 9 from 9:00 pm – Midnight (gates open at 8:30 pm)
  • Commons Center Lawn
  • Rain or Shine
  • Please keep backpacks, large bags, bottles at home. To ensure the safety of our guests, there will be no backpacks, glass bottles, or beverages allowed into the Dance. We will be checking bags at the entrance, so please allow for additional time for entry into the dance.
  • Tickets are required for everyone for admission. 
    Advance ticket sales: $20 for 13 and over; $25 for day of show
    Cab3Graduates - undergrad and graduate professionals - free with voucher
    Children 12 and under - no charge
  • Reserved tables are sold out, but there's still plenty of guest seating.  For existing reserved table holders, the option to purchase bottles of wine or champagne is available here.
  • NEW  - Now available to all ticket holders!  Gourmet Picnic Totes - $125
  • An Important Note: Graduates: click the "Order Now" button to claim your complimentary ticket

  • See The Entire Party Page

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On-Campus Dining Options

The capstone to your graduate’s college life is an on-campus celebration. Let us take care of the planning while you enjoy the festivities with family and friends. One of the benefits of booking your reception through us is that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of parking or sitting in post-Commencement traffic

Commodore Ballroom Buffet Lunch

The reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 2, 2018. 

CenterpieceAvoid making lunch reservations off campus and enjoy our upscale buffet lunch in the Commodore Ballroom at the Student Life Center. Your reservation will include buffet lunch, featuring an array of food stations and seating times to accommodate your busy schedule. 

*cocktails and bottles of champagne will be available for purchase onsite at the cash bar.

Reservations will be accepted for Friday, May 11, 2018 beginning at Noon.
You may choose to be seated at 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, or 2:00 pm.  

PRICE: Adults: $60 per person plus tax
Children: (ages 6-12) $12 per person plus tax
Children 5 and under - no charge

Private Rooms, Receptions and Parties are available for Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th. Please email or call for more information.

For questions, please email You may also call 615-343-0371.

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RandVanderbilt Dining Services

There are a number of award-winning on-campus dining options available to all Commencement guests, for limited hours of operation listed below.  

Wednesday, May 9 - Chef James Bistro at Rand - 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday, May 10 - Rand Dining Hall & Chef James Bistro at Rand- 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, May 11 - Local Java at Sarratt  - 7:00 am - 2:00 pm  Chef James Bistro at Rand & Rand Dining Hall - 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Accommodations at the Commons

commonsThe Vanderbilt University Office of Conferences is offering on campus housing during the 2018 Commencement activities.

Commencement guests will have the opportunity to stay in Hank Ingram House, one of the newest and most beautiful, state-of-the-art residence halls on campus. Nightly rates are only $99 per night (includes taxes and fees), single or double occupancy. Rooms are available for the nights of May 9, 10 and 11, 2018. There is no minimum stay required. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Hank Ingram House is fully ADA compliant. View more information about Accommodations at the Commons

Reservations will be accepted up until 11:59 pm Friday, May 4th, pending availability. Be sure to reserve your room soon, reservations are up for 2018.  For additional information, please email

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Commencement ProgramsProgram

Complimentary programs are available at the Commencement ceremony.

You can order additional copies of programs from previous years or additional copies of the current year. Pricing is based on the quantity you order and the shipping costs involved. Shipping rates are listed on the ordering page and will be calculated at checkout based upon selections.  There is a 10 program limit on all online orders. 

Programs are $2.00 each plus the cost of shipping*. 
*Tennessee customers will be charged Tennessee sales tax (9.25%)

Availability varies by year. Pre-Orders of the 2018 ceremony will be shipped after May 11th.

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Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Messages

Yearbook 2018We are now taking orders for the 2017-18 Commodore Yearbook and Parent Congratulatory Messages to appear in the yearbook.

Simply visit  The Commodore Yearbook  to place your order and also reserve your Parent Congratulatory Message spot. You can reserve your space now to make sure you have one and then submit your message text and photo(s) by May 14th. You will also find information throughout the year on yearbook and resume portrait dates and times for your student to take their Yearbook/Resume portraits.


WE WANT YOUR VU PHOTOS PARENTS and STUDENTS! We are also inviting parents, families, students, faculty, staff and Vanderbilt community members to submit photos of Vandy events that they attend to our Scrapbook Section. If you are attending events on campus such as Move-in Weekend, Homecoming, Parent and Family Weekend, Rites of Spring, Commencement or just making a family visit on a quiet weekend, we hope to include your photos in the yearbook.

Please let us know if you have any questions about placing your order or about the yearbook in general. We may be reached via email at or via phone at 615-343-3064.


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Hometown Newspaper Announcements

newspaperShare the news with everyone back home! Request a free press release to be emailed to your hometown newspaper.


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