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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, May 4, 2018

Graduation Rehearsal at 8:30 a.m.- Curb Event Center
Graduation rehearsal is for all degree candidates participating in the graduation ceremony. Degree candidates should arrive by 8:15 am. Rehearsal will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 in the Curb Event Center.

Baccalaureate Student Reflection and Celebration Service at 2:00 p.m.– Curb Event Center
Baccalaureate is a student reflection and celebration service for graduates, family and guests, faculty, and staff. Graduates should arrive in their cap and gown to line up for the processional at 1:00 p.m. Arena doors will open for family and guests at 1:00 p.m. Contact the Office of Spiritual Development, benita.walker@belmont.edu with questions about Baccalaureate. 
Baccalaureate is not a ticketed event. 

University Graduation Reception at 3:00 p.m.- Bell Tower Plaza
All graduates, family, guests, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the President's reception at the Bell Tower Plaza immediately following Baccalaureate. The reception is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and hosted by President and Mrs. Fisher. 

 
Saturday May 5, 2018

Graduation Ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. -Curb Event Center

Belmont University will award degrees to candidates on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. according to their respective ceremony time 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.

Degree candidates will participate in the morning or afternoon ceremony according to their respective college. 

Graduation Tickets
General admission tickets are required for family and guests to attend a spring graduation ceremony. Degree candidates may request up to 6 tickets for family and guests to attend their respective ceremony.
Ticket reservations and distribution periods will be announced to degree candidates 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.

Morning Commencement Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.. –Curb Event Center. 
Student Line-Up for the 9:30 a.m. Ceremony
Candidates are to report to the processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center by 8:30 a.m.
Arena doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

Jack C. Massey College of Business 
Bachelor candidates (including Bachelor of Business Administration Adult Degree Program candidates)
Master candidates

Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
Bachelor candidates (including majors within the Department of Media Studies)
Master candidates

College of Sciences & Mathematics
Bachelor candidates

College of Theology & Christian Ministry
Bachelor candidates

University College & Interdisciplinary Studies
Bachelor candidates (Liberal Studies and Public Relations Management Adult Degree Program candidates)

Please note: Candidates in the following Adult Degree Programs will participate in the ceremony with their college major.
Business Administration Adult Degree candidates will participate with Jack C. Massey College of Business

Ministry Adult Degree candidates will participate with College of Theology & Christian Ministry

Nursing and Social Work Adult Degree candidates will participate with Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing

Afternoon Commencement Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. –Curb Event Center. 

Student Line-Up for the 1:30 p.m. Ceremony
Candidates are to report to the processional line-up area on the lower level of the Curb Event Center by 1:30 p.m. Arena doors will open at 8:30 a.m..

Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing
Bachelor candidates (including Nursing and Social Work Adult Degree Program candidates)
Master candidates
Doctoral candidates

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Bachelor candidates
Master candidates

College of Visual & Performing Arts
Bachelor candidates
Master candidates

College of Law
Doctoral candidates

College of Pharmacy
Doctoral candidates

 

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 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 6, 2018 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 6, 2018. 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 must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar by Friday April 6, 2018.

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

University Reception immediately following the Commencement Ceremony

A reception hosted by President and Mrs. Fisher, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, will take place after the commencement ceremony and is for all graduates, family, and guests.

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.

Announcements

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.