Commencement Information

April 17, 2018

Dear VUSN Graduate:

Vanderbilt University Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018. I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to attend these ceremonies, which symbolize the completion of a significant educational event in your life. I hope your family and friends will be able to join you. The schedule for Friday, May 11th is as follows:


8:25 a.m. Graduating students begin line up, Alumni Lawn. 
9:00 a.m. Commencement Processional, Alumni Lawn.
10:15 a.m.  Masters and doctoral candidates from all schools will depart Alumni Lawn together following the Chancellor’s address and conferral of degrees.  Please request that your family and friends leave Alumni Lawn with the graduate students and join you at Branscomb Quadrangle for the School of Nursing Investiture of the Academic Hood and Diploma Awarding Ceremony.
10:30 a.m. Line up at Branscomb Quadrangle. Commencement standards will be placed marking your specialty area and marshals will be on hand to assist you.
11:00 a.m. School of Nursing Investiture processional, Branscomb Quadrangle. 
12:00 pm Reception following Investiture, Branscomb Quadrangle Formal Lounge 

In order for the information to be correct in the Investiture Program, it is most important that you return the enclosed form to the School of Nursing by April 6, 2018.

A complete commencement guide titled the “Commencement Handbook” will be e-mailed to you in early April. The VU Commencement Office has a very robust website with all the information you will need: A PDF of the “Commencement Handbook” will be posted on that website. All the School of Nursing activities are included in the Schedule of Events.

There is a link on this website to order your regalia for commencement. You must have a credit card to order on-line, so please have that available when you place your order. The deadline to order your regalia is April 6, 2018.

Free parking will be available at the 25th Avenue Garage. This garage and alternative parking areas are clearly marked on the University Commencement map which is posted on the commencement website. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at (615) 343-3334. I’m looking forward to seeing you on May 11th.


Sarah B. Ramsey
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing