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Commencement Activities

Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. - Curb Event Center

Graduation rehearsal is for all degree candidates participating in the morning or afternoon graduation ceremony. Rehearsal will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Curb Event Center.

Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. - Curb Event Center

Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Curb Event Center on Friday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. Faculty, staff, our graduating students and their guests will gather to begin our Commencement weekend activities. It is a unique opportunity for all faculty, staff, students, and their friends and families to gather together. 'Baccalaureate: A Service of Ordination to Daily Work' is a part of the Spring Commencement celebratory events for graduates and their families. Caps and gowns are appropriate attire for the Baccalaureate ceremony. Contact the Office of Spiritual Development, benita.walker@belmont.edu, with questions about Baccalaureate. Tickets are not required for Baccalaureate.

University Commencement Reception on the Lawn immediately following the Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. - Bell Tower

Reception hosted by President and Mrs. Fisher and sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations for all graduates, family, and guests.

Graduation Ceremonies

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Curb Event Center

Please see below for a listing of ceremony assignments for colleges.

Graduation Tickets

Tickets are required for family and guests attending a May 2016 graduation ceremony. Students may request up to 7 tickets for family and guests to attend their respective ceremony. Ticket reservations and distribution periods will be announced in late January. Additional information about commencement tickets and how degree candidates may claim their allotment of tickets will be sent to candidates' Belmont email accounts.

Each degree candidate may request up to 7 tickets for his or her respective ceremony.

Tickets are free of charge. The selling of commencement tickets is strictly prohibited. Degree candidates will receive news and updates regarding commencement tickets throughout the spring semester to their Belmont University email address.

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

Belmont University will award degrees to candidates on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 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 Morning Ceremony
Candidates will need to report to the morning ceremony processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Morning Graduation Ceremony - 9:30 a.m.

Jack C. Massey College of Business (Bachelors and Masters)

Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

University College/Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Sciences and Mathematics

College of Visual and Performing Arts (Masters only)

Student Line-Up for Afternoon Ceremony
Candidates will need to report to the afternoon ceremony processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center by 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Afternoon Graduation Ceremony - 2:30 p.m.

Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing (Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral)

College of Law

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (Bachelors and Masters)

College of Pharmacy

College of Theology and Christian Ministry

College of Visual and Performing Arts (Bachelors only)

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, April 8, 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, April 8, 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 April 8, 2016.

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