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Native/Indigenous Graduates Recognition Ceremony

The Native/Indigenous Graduates Recognition Ceremony is a recognition ceremony held once a year by the Native/Indigenous community at Vanderbilt to celebrate the achievements and successes of all graduating Native/Indigenous students. The ceremony serves as a unique space for students to pay homage to family, friends, faculty, staff, and administrators who have supported their journeys. With food, music, graduation stoles, guest speakers, student awards, and photo opportunities, we invite all to join us in this fun and family-oriented celebration!

When and Where Is It?
Native American and Indigenous Graduates Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, May 12th
Student Life Center- Ballroom A

Who Can Participate?
Participation is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will earn their degree from Vanderbilt University in the designated academic year. Any student graduating in Spring 2022 or Summer 2022, or having already graduated in Fall of 2021, is eligible to participate. Students must register online before the deadline in order to guarantee participation and recognition in the printed program.

Please note that this celebration is held in addition to formal graduation events and is not a substitute for the official commencement ceremony.

How Do I Register? When Is Registration Due?
Registration is a requirement for participation. The form must be completed by April 30th at 11:59pm, but if you need to edit your form after the deadline, you will have multiple opportunities to make changes. Please email Brittany Pomilee, SCSJI Program Coordinator ( with any questions.

What about COVID-19?
The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) is actively tracking Vanderbilt policies regarding events and will continue to communicate to you all on the status of the Native/Indigenous Graduates Recognition Ceremony 2022 as more updates are made available. We are excited and grateful to continue to plan for the celebration of our Native/Indigenous graduates!

Want To See Last Year’s Celebration?

Click the link to see our program from May 2022! Pictures below.