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Degree Candidates

Graduating students should check their Belmont email accounts for important deadlines, graduation announcements, and commencement activities.

May Commencement is Saturday, May 2, 2020
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 the graduate his or herself requires special accommodations due to a physical disability, please have a Commencement Special Services Request form submitted as soon as the initial graduation application is submitted.

If a person in the graduate's party of guests requires any special services for a physical disability, please complete the appropriate Request for Special Services form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar at least one month prior to the graduation ceremony date. Anyone whose guests will require special seating must submit the completed form.

Special seating passes will be issued to allow the guest and one additional person to accompany during the ceremony. Seating passes will be mailed two weeks prior to the commencement ceremony date or held for pick up as noted on the request form. It may not be possible to honor telephone requests received after the published deadline. These requests are honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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, a Commencement Absence Request form must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar within one month's time of the graduation ceremony date.


Photography is generally permitted during commencement; however, individuals taking photographs should remain clear of the aisles as well as the auditorium floor throughout the ceremony.

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.



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.


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