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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!

Participation is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will earn their degree from Vanderbilt University in the designated academic year. Students must register online before the deadline in order to guarantee participation and recognition in the printed program. Please note that the Native/Indigenous Graduate Celebration is held in addition to formal graduation events and is not a substitute for the official Commencement ceremony.

Please check back beginning in early spring for more information about the 2022 Ceremony!

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