Commencement Program

Procession starts at 10:00 a.m.

Processional I
Banner Bearers, Deans, Founder’s Medalists, Candidates for Degrees

Processional II

Processional III
Board of Trust, Administration, Alumni Association President,
50th Reunion Class (1973), Mace Bearer, Chair of Board of Trust, Provost, Chancellor)

Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor

Presentation of Emeriti, Recognition of Founder’s Medalists for First Honors
C. Cybele Raver, Provost

Recognition of Emeriti, Welcome to Other Academic Guests
Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor

Remarks to Graduates and Guests

Bruce R. Evans, Board of Trust Chair

Farewell Remarks to Graduates
Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor

Conferring of Degrees
Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor

Awarding of Diplomas for Bachelor’s Degrees

Charge to the Graduates
Anu Pardeshi, Alumni Association Board President
Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor


Graduates Day Program

Speakers in order of appearance 


G.L. Black  

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 


Cybele Raver 

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 


Founder’s Medalists  

Estelle Shaya 

Arts & Science 

Jack Allen 

Blair School of Music 

Danielle Garrett  

Divinity School 

Patrick Darmawi-Iskandar 

School of Engineering  

Veronika Kondev 

Graduate School  

Mary Teague 

Law School 

Ayesha Muhammad 

School of Medicine  

Jill Kinch 

School of Nursing  

Ashley Detherage 

Owen Graduate School of Management 

Sara Johanson 

Peabody College 


Interfaith Student Speakers  

Carly Stewart 

President of Hillel 

Namrah Ajmal 

President of Muslim Student Association  

Hannah Marr 

President of Vandy Wesley 

Ashika Kuchhangi  

Representative of Vandy Karma 


Amisha Mittal 

Vanderbilt Student Government President 


Leah Lomoki Lomotey-Nakon  

Graduate student representative    


Morgan Patty 

Seniors Give Back President  


Anu Pardeshi   

Alumni Association President 


Daniel Diermeier  



Maria A. Ressa 

Internationally acclaimed journalist and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner 

Nichols-Chancellor's Medalist and Graduates Day Speaker