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Degree Candidates

Degree Candidates

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

Graduation Rehearsal at 1:00pm- Curb Event Center: 

Graduation rehearsal is for all degree candidates participating in the graduation ceremony. Degree candidates should arrive by 12:45pm Rehearsal will begin promptly at 1:00pm on Friday, December 14, 2018 in the Curb Event Center.

University Graduation Reception: 

All graduates, family, guests, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the President's reception immediately following the commencement ceremony. The reception is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and hosted by President and Mrs. Fisher. 

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. Degree candidates should review their student email for date, time, and location of cap and gown pick-up.

  • 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 Special Service Request Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar no later than Friday November 9, 2018.  Any graduate whose guests require special seating must return the completed form.

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 Form must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar by Friday November 9, 2018.

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

Office of Career and 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.