Security Policies

Vanderbilt University is committed to hosting Commencement celebrations that are respectful, that honor the accomplishments of our graduates and that are welcoming for graduates and their guests—many of whom will have traveled a long way to attend.

We expect all attendees to contribute to a civil and celebratory atmosphere throughout Commencement events. We will act swiftly to address any behavior that detracts from this experience.

Expectations for Vanderbilt students and guests

All existing Vanderbilt policies and procedures apply throughout Commencement events, and graduates who violate university policies will be subject to the same consequences as other students. Attendees of the May 9 Graduates Day event and May 10 undergraduate Commencement ceremony are expected to adhere to Vanderbilt policies and those of our host, GEODIS Park.

Review the 2023-2024 Student Handbook, paying particular attention to the sections titled “Behavior related to the Orderly Operation of the University” (page 22) and “Safe & Orderly Operations” (pages 88–91). 

Review the clear bag policy for Vanderbilt Athletic facilities.

Review the GEODIS Park’s stadium policies. Examples of prohibited items and behaviors at GEODIS Park include:

  • Abusive, foul or disruptive language
  • Anything that creates a nuisance or disruption
  • Bags that do not follow the stadium’s “clear bag policy”
  • Beverage containers except water bottles that adhere to the stadium’s “container policy”
  • Illegal drugs or substances and any alcoholic beverage
  • Interference with the progress of the event
  • Noisemakers
  • Signs, flags or any item with a pole or stick
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers

In the event of disruptive activity

In the unfortunate event of a disruption during Commencement activities, the event may pause while the situation is addressed so that our celebration can continue. In this scenario, please wait patiently. Please do not engage with those causing the disruption, as that could escalate the disturbance. The best course of action for attendees is to ignore the disruption and allow designated officials to address it.