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Degree Candidates

Commencement Activities
Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:45 p.m. - Curb Event Center

Graduation rehearsal is for all degree candidates participating in the graduation ceremony. Rehearsal will begin promptly at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 in the Curb Event Center.

Graduation Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. -Curb Event Center

This is NOT a ticketed event.

Belmont University will award degrees to candidates on Friday December 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Curb Event Center. Participation in commencement exercises at Belmont University is reserved for students who have met all degree requirements. Students who are unsure whether they have fulfilled all requirements for graduation should contact their academic advisor as soon as possible.

Student Line-Up for the Graduation Ceremony
Candidates report to the processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center at 4:00 p.m.

Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Participants are expected to wear academic regalia at commencement. It is customary to wear the gown over casual business attire. Academic regalia is ordered through an online process at no charge to the student. Degree candidates will receive additional information about the cap, gown, and hood (master and doctoral) ordering process and deadline via their university email accounts.

  • Graduation is a formal ceremony and academic regalia must be worn as distributed by the university.
  • Graduates will not be allowed to wear decorated caps and gowns during the graduation ceremony.

Undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the cap over the right temple. Masters and doctoral candidates should wear the tassel over the left temple.

Honor Cords

Belmont University graduation commencement is a university wide celebration. Honor cords approved as part of the undergraduate academic regalia that may be worn as a university wide level distinction include: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, Belmont Scholar, and Alpha Chi.

Cords awarded through individual academic disciplines, or fraternities/sororities, are NOT eligible to be worn at the university commencement ceremony.

Graduates and Guests with Disabilities

If a person in your party requires any special services, please complete the appropriate Request for Special Services form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar no later than Friday November 17, 2017. Anyone whose guests require special seating must return the completed form.

Special seating passes will be issued to allow the guest and one additional person accompanying that individual for reserved seating. Seating passes will be mailed after Friday November 17, 2017. It may not be possible to honor telephone requests or those received after the published deadline.

Request for Absence

Students are required to participate in the Commencement ceremony unless formally excused. If for some reason a student cannot attend the event, an Absence Request for Commencement form must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar by Friday November 17, 2017.

University Commencement Reception Immediately Following the Commencement Ceremony

A reception hosted by President and Mrs. Fisher, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, will take place after the commencement ceremony and is for all graduates, family, and guests.

Office of Career & Professional Development

Belmont University Office of Career and Professional Development provides a wide range of services and resources to students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff.


Personalized commencement announcements may be ordered through the university bookstore. Prices vary depending on the type and number of announcements selected. Contact the Bookstore for ordering deadlines and additional details.

Grad IMAGES is a professional commencement service available to capture graduates’ pictures during the ceremony. Please view the Grad IMAGES website or contact the photography servicer directly to receive information about their optional packages.

Friends and family are invited to view the commencement ceremonies on the Belmont Home Page.