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Commencement Ceremony

Belmont University will award degrees to candidates from the College of Business Administration, the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Curb Event Center. Tickets ARE required for guests attending this event.

Belmont University will award degrees to candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, University College and Interdisciplinary Programs, and the School of Religion on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Curb Event Center. Tickets ARE required for guests attending this event.

Belmont University will award degrees to candidates from the College of Law on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Tickets ARE required for guests attending this event.

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.


Tickets WILL be required for guests attending the May 2014 Commencement ceremonies. Degree candidates may reserve up to 8 tickets to her or his respective ceremony through an online process from March 31 through April 25. Candidates will receive additional information via their Belmont email accounts.


Belmont University’s Baccalaureate service will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the Curb Event Center. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate event on Friday afternoon. ‘Baccalaureate: A Service of Ordination to Daily Work’ is a part of the Spring Commencement celebratory events for graduates and their families. The service will feature graduating seniors who will share how God is calling them to use what they have learned at Belmont to serve others. The university administration expects that all undergraduate degree candidates will attend this inspiring event. Caps and gowns are appropriate attire for the Baccalaureate ceremony.

Student Line-Up

Candidates will need to report to the processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center at least one hour prior to the start of their respective ceremony.

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 the university bookstore at no charge to the student.

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 unviersity commencement ceremony.


Career Services

Belmont University Career Services 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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Anyone whose guests require special seating must return the completed form.

Special seating passes will be issued to admit the guest and one additional person accompanying that individual for reserved seating. Seating passes will be mailed after April 16. 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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014.