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Friday, May 10, 2019

Main Commencement Ceremony

Main CeremonyTime: 9:00 am - Noon
Location: Alumni Lawn

During Vanderbilt's main commencement ceremony on Alumni Lawn, all undergraduate and graduate and professional school candidates will gather for the official, traditional commencement exercises.

All participating candidates will process in promptly at 9:00 am. Students should refer to the procession instructions to ensure they assemble in the correct location on campus.

Following the main ceremony, at approximately 10:20 am, graduate and professional school candidates and their guests will be dismissed during a brief break in the programming.

All undergraduate candidates and their guests will remain on Alumni Lawn for Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos' conferral of degrees and awarding of diplomas for the undergraduate Class of 2019. Each undergraduate student will cross the commencement stage, have his or her name formally announced, and receive his or her official diploma.

Out of respect for all graduates, guests are encouraged to remain onsite and seated for the duration of the degree-awarding ceremony.

Graduate and Professional School Degree Awarding Ceremonies

Upon dismissal from the main commencement ceremony, graduate and professional school candidates and their guests should proceed to various locations across campus for their school affiliated degree - awarding ceremonies. During said ceremonies, candidates will receive their official diplomas.

Listed below are the ceremony times and locations for each graduate/professional school:

Divinity School
10:30 am
Benton Chapel
Reception following

Law School
10:30 am
Curry Field
Reception following

School of Nursing
11:00 am
Branscomb Quadrangle
Reception following

School of Engineering
11:00 am
Magnolia Circle Lawn
Reception following

Graduate School
11:00 am
Magnolia Lawn
Reception following

Owen Graduate School of Management
11:00 am
David Williams II Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Reception following

Peabody College of Education and Human Development
11:00 am
Wyatt Center Lawn
Reception following

School of Medicine
11:00 am
Langford Auditorium
Reception following in Light Hall Plaza

Strawberries and Champagne

StawberriesTime: 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Location: Library Lawn and Bishops Common

The Office of the Chancellor invites all undergraduates, their families, and friends to convene and celebrate the Class of 2019! Celebratory champagne, complimented by fresh strawberries will be served to those 21 years of age and older.

This is a wonderful opportunity for graduates to meet up with faculty, classmates, friends, and family after the commencement ceremony. It is encouraged, but not required, that students and guests from the School of Arts and Sciences convene on Library Lawn and students and guests from The Blair School of Music, The School of Engineering, and The Peabody School, assemble on Bishops Common. See map.

Additional Events

Blair Commencement Breakfast for Graduates and Families
7:00 am
Ingram Lobby
For more information, contact Pam Schneller (615-343-5614,

School of Nursing Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Branscomb Quad
For more information, contact Sarah Ramsey (615-343-3334,

Black Cultural Center’s Soul Food Send-Off Luncheon
12:00 - 2:00 pm
For more information, contact Nicole Malveaux (615 343-7480,

Faculty Commencement Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Buttrick Atrium
For more information, contact Natalie Figlio (615-875-9212,

Peabody Post Baccalaureate Reception
12:30 pm
Peabody Esplanade
For more information, contact Dawn Hale (615-322-8264,

Graduate School Bubbles & Berries Reception
12:45 pm
Magnolia Circle Lawn
For more information, contact Marian McAlpin (615-322-2639, or Denise Malone (615-936-1898;

Department of Psychology's Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Doctoral Commencement Luncheon
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Wilson Hall
For more information contact Irisa Treijs (615-322-0070,

Earth and Environmental Sciences Reception for Majors, Masters, Ph.D. Graduates and Parents
12:30 pm (Mingling & Light Refreshments) SC5726 Science & Engineering Bldg.
2:00 pm (Formal Reception) SC5326 Science & Engineering Bldg.
For more information contact Chantry Carroll, EES Program Coordinator (615-343-1068,

Master of Public Health Commencement Reception
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Location TBD
For more information, contact Annie Smart (615-343-6338,

Army ROTC and Naval ROTC Swearing-In Ceremony
1:30 pm
Sarratt Center Auditorium
For more information contact Major Matthew Mount (615-322-8554,

On-Campus Events

Vanderbilt Baseball vs Missouri
6:30 pm
Hawkins Field
For ticket information, click here or call 615-322-GOLD