Commencement 2016

Key Dates for School of Medicine Graduates

Wednesday, May 11
2:15 p.m. Commencement Practice

Friday, May 13
9 a.m. University Ceremony

11:30 a.m. School of Medicine Program of Recognition & Diploma Awarding Ceremony
Langford Auditorium 


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In addition to these dates, each program should expect to hear from their individual departments about program-specific events. Graduates should plan on bringing no more than five (5) guests into Langford Auditorium for the School of Medicine ceremony; overflow viewing will be available in Light Hall. 


General Information

Graduation takes place each year on the second Friday morning of May. Students and faculty participate in a University wide ceremony on the Alumni Lawn, followed by a separate Medical School ceremony in Langford Auditorium.

Candidates receive the hood of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and degrees are then conferred by the Dean. Selected faculty members serve as marshals, and the pomp and circumstance is awe-inspiring.

Each program housed in the School of Medicine has its own Commencement celebrations, like the Doctor of Medicine program Class Day. Taking place on the Thursday before graduation, outstanding students are recognized with awards in recognition of academic achievement and service to the school.