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Adornment Policy

The Provost Office in conjunction with the University Marshal, the Office of Commencement & Special Events, representatives from all 10 schools and colleges, and various campus departments developed the following adornment policy for Vanderbilt’s annual Commencement ceremonies held each May.

  • Adornments may be worn but are limited to cords from organizations officially recognized by Vanderbilt. Dean of Students student organization guidelines can be found here:
  • Requests for non-cord adornments must be submitted through the Office of Commencement & Special Events 60 days prior to the ceremony date via written request. The link to download the request form is shown below. Approvals may be granted after review by the Office of the Provost, Dean of Students and any relevant schools, colleges or other organizations.
  • Decoration on mortar boards is not allowed under any circumstance.

This policy was put into effect in November 2016.


Questions should be directed to:

The Office of Commencement and Special Events
Baker Building - Suite 808
Tel: 615-322-2870



UPDATED 4/24/2019