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Degree Candidates

Commencement Activities
Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. - Curb Event Center

Graduation rehearsal is for all degree candidates participating in the graduation ceremony. Rehearsal will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. - Curb Event Center

Tickets are not required for admission.

Student Line-Up for the Graduation Ceremony

Candidates will report to processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center by 4:00 p.m. in regalia.

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 this process 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.

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.

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 18, 2016. 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 18, 2016. 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 November 18, 2016.

Friends and family are invited to view the commencement ceremonies on the Belmont home page.