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Commencement 2022

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Vanderbilt will celebrate Commencement for the J.D. and LL.M.
Classes of 2022 on May 12 and 13, 2022.

Schedule of Events

2022 Law School Awards Ceremony and Blackacre
Friday, April 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Blackacre Courtyard

Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Graduation Recognition Celebrations
Tuesday, May 10 |
VUGlobalCitizens 9am - 10:30am, InclusAbility 11am - 12:30pm, MilitaryVU 1pm - 2:30pm, In-Person Reception 4pm - 6pm
Wednesday, May 11 | Network First-Gen 9:30am - 11am, PersistVU 12pm - 1:30pm, In-Person Reception 2:30pm - 4:30pm
RSVP by 11:59pm Central Time on March 25th, 2022

Law and Business Certificate Ceremony
Thursday, May 12, 2-3:30 p.m. |
Law School 2nd Floor North Lobby

LL.M. Toast to Class of 2022
Thursday, May 12, 2:30-3:00 p.m.
| Law School Cowden Atrium

Open House for Graduates and Guests
Thursday, May 12, 3-4:30 p.m. | Law School Main Street, North Atrium and Blackacre Courtyard
2022 graduates and their guests are invited! Faculty, staff and administrators will attend.

Class Photos
LL.M. Class of 2022 – Friday, May 13 at 7:30-7:45 a.m.
J.D. Class of 2022 – Friday, May 13 at 7:45-8:00 a.m.
Gather with your class on the front steps of the Law School for your Commencement class portrait.

University Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 13, 9 a.m. | Vanderbilt Stadium
All 2022 Vanderbilt University graduates may participate.

Law School Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 13, approximately 11:00 a.m. | Curry Field
The Law School Hooding ceremony will be held in the Commencement tent on Curry Field.
The ceremony will start 30 minutes after the University ceremony ends to give law graduates and faculty attending the University ceremony time to join the Law School procession.
Curry Field is located next to the Law School building and behind Wilson Hall.

Champagne Celebration
Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to celebrate with champagne and non-alcoholic beverages immediately behind the Law School Commencement tent.

The 2022 Law School Hooding Ceremony will be livestreamed. A direct link to the stream will be available on this webpage.


Where do I find information on the University ceremony? University commencement page

How do I order regalia? Students will order regalia through Oak Hall. All participants must wear academic regalia (cap and gown) to participate in the ceremony. The deadline to order is Friday, April 1, 2022. 

Can I order announcements to send to family and friends? Yes, students can order personalized announcements and other class memorabilia here. Announcement orders must be placed by April 5, 2022.

Do I need tickets? No. The law school hooding ceremony is open to the public.

How many people can attend? There is no limit to the number of guests who can attend the ceremony.

Is seating reserved? No. All seats are first-come/first-served. We recommend that guests arrive early.

Will there be a live stream of the event? Yes, a direct link to the stream will be available on this webpage.

What happens if there is inclement weather? The ceremony will take place under a tent. It will be held even if it is raining, although heavy rain may necessitate canceling the procession. If there is a threat of  severe weather nearby, the ceremony may be delayed. If the severe weather persists, the ceremony will take place inside the Law School building, and guests will watch a livestream.

Where should I park? Information about Commencement parking for graduates and guests is available on the University commencement site. Shuttles will be available to transport graduates and guests from available parking to the Law School and the University Commencement ceremonies.

How will graduates get to/from the University Commencement ceremony? Shuttles will be available to transport students from the Law School to Vanderbilt Stadium, where the University ceremony will take place, and back to Curry Field for the procession and hooding ceremony.

Will the events be accessible?
All events will be accessible for those needing mobility accommodations. The main ceremony will also include closed captioning on the on-site screen and livestream. If you have specific accessibility needs, please fill out the  Commencement Accessibility form.

Will there be a professional photographer?
Yes. Vanderbilt Law School will have a photographer taking candid photos of 2022 Commencement.
Vanderbilt University also arranges for an external vendor to take portraits of each graduate onstage receiving his or her diploma, and a link that allows graduates to locate and purchase their Commencement portraits will be posted on the University Commencement website soon after Commencement day.