Commencement/Reunion 2018

Meharry seal

143rd Commencement Exercises

Grand Ole Opry House

May 19, 2018

9:00 a.m.

(Doors open to the public at 8:00 a.m.)

Meharry Medical College has served the nation’s health care needs for 142 years. This year, the College is convening its 143rd commencement exercise because it held two graduation ceremonies in one academic year during World War II.

Classes ending in “3” and “8” this is your year!

CLICK HERE to view Reunion brochure PDF.

Register for Reunion 2018 at Eventbrite—CLICK HERE.

Graduates and their families can take advantage of the special room rate for Gaylord Hotel for the 143rd Commencement Ceremony and week of activities. The special room rate of $189 plus applicable taxes is available until Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.


Gaylord Hotels
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214


Web Booking:  Reserve Today!


Self-parking is $29 (tax included)


Daily valet parking is $38 (tax included)


Complimentary airport shuttle service


Estimated taxi fare: $25 USD (one way)


2018 Commencement Reunion attendees will receive a special room rate of $244 plus applicable taxes and fees at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.


Meharry reservation code: Meharry Alumni Block.


Reservation phone number:  800-235-6397.


Booking deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Web Booking: Reserve Today!


Although a special rate has been set for our host hotels, Nashville has many great hotels. Below you will find some of the other lodging options Nashville has to offer.


Courtyard Marriott
1901 West End Avenue


Courtyard Marriott
170 Fourth Avenue North


Union Station Wyndham
Historic Hotel
1001 Broadway


Hampton Inn
1919 West End Avenue


Hampton Inn Bellevue
7815 Coley Davis Road


Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 Fourth Avenue South


Holiday Inn Express
920 Broadway


Sheraton Nashville Downtown
623 Union Street


Millennium Maxwell House
2025 Rosa Parks Boulevard


Embassy Suites Hotel
1811 Broadway


Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street

Here are some suggestions to help you navigate to graduation.

  1. Review your degree requirements with the Academic Dean for your respective school.
  2. Verify graduation deadlines for your school.
  3. Order graduation announcements.
  4. Update your permanent address on Student Banner Self Service to ensure you receive your diploma and all other pertinent information without delay.
  5. Make sure all outstanding issues have been resolved.
  6. Any financial obligations you have (fines, tickets, fees, etc.) must be cleared with the proper areas.
  7. If you have any outstanding student loans, check with the Office of Financial Aid. All records must be cleared before you can receive your diploma. If you have borrowed federal student loans to help finance your education, you must complete an exit counseling exam. This exam can be completed at Call Student Financial Services at 615-327-6826 for more information.
  8. Use this website to answer all of your questions regarding commencement.
  9. Contact the Office of Student Services for assistance with resumé development.

Join the Alumni Association. Contact the Alumni Association at 615-327-6266 or go to the Alumni Association Web Page for more information. 

Announce your accomplishment to family and friends with personalized graduation announcements from Herff Jones. Specifically designed for your college’s commencement ceremony, they arrive personalized with your name, degree, and major.


Since 1920, Herff Jones has been providing commencement regalia, announcements, rings, frames, and other recognition products to colleges across the nation. Herff Jones believes your accomplishments need to be recognized and rewarded with quality products and service.


Click here to be directed to the Herff Jones website.


The DEX Imaging Center at Meharry will also serve as another resource for announcements and invitations during this graduation season. For Information on announcement and invitation pricing, please contact:


Elizabeth Swope Noll


Dex Imaging Copy Center



Auxillary Services and the Copy Center are located in the basement of the School of Dentistry.


Below is the link for the graduating seniors for downloading the
Meharry seal and logo for their invitations.


Students will need to log in to access this page.

Seal and Logo

For any custom framing and gift needs visit Mr. Nathaniel Harris at Woodcuts Gallery & Framing.

Woodcuts Gallery & Framing
1613 Jefferson Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37208

U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., MPH


Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., the 20th surgeon general of the United States, was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on September 5, 2017. Dr. Adams, a board-certified anesthesiologist, served as state health commissioner of Indiana from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Adams, a Maryland native, has bachelor’s degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.


Dr. Adams was also an associate professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he was chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has served in leadership positions at a number of professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. He is the immediate past chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


As health commissioner, Dr. Adams presided over Indiana’s efforts to deal with the state’s unprecedented HIV outbreak. In this capacity, he worked directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as with state and local health officials and community leaders, and brought the widest range of resources, policies and care available to stem the epidemic affecting that community.


He also helped with the successful launch of Indiana’s state-based, consumer-driven alternative to Medicaid expansion and worked with the state legislature to secure more than $10 million to combat infant mortality in high-risk areas of the state.


As surgeon general, Dr. Adams’ motto is “better health through better partnerships.” Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners, including business and law enforcement.


He has pledged to lead with science, facilitate locally led solutions to the nation’s most difficult health problems and deliver higher quality health care at lower cost through patient and community engagement and better prevention.


As surgeon general, Dr. Adams oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 800 locations around the world to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Alumni Registration

Lobby S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center


10 a.m.– 6 p.m. •  Alumni Registration

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Lobby – 1st floor


10 a.m. – Noon • Alumni Hospitality

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Conference Room – 6th floor


1 – 3 p.m. •  Alumni Hospitality

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Conference Room – 6th floor


1 – 5 p.m. • Dental Continuing Education

School of Dentistry Cox Auditorium – 3rd floor


5 – 7 p.m. • MNAA Executive Committee Meeting

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Conference Room – 6th floor


7 – 9 p.m. • Alumni Let’s Reminisce Mixer

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

1st floor lobby


Friday, May 18, 2018


7 a.m. • 31st Annual Charles E. Brown, M.D. ’60 Memorial Golf Tournament

Ted Rhodes Golf Course

1901 Ed Temple Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37208



8 a.m. – Noon • Dental Continuing Education

School of Dentistry Cox Auditorium – 3rd floor


8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Matthew Walker Surgical Symposium

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Lecture Halls 3 & 4


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. • Continuing Medical Education

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Lecture Hall 1


9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Alumni Registration

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

1st floor lobby


9:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Nurses Breakfast

Hulda Margaret Lyttle Hall

1st floor


10:00 a.m. – Noon • Alumni Hospitality

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Conference Room – 6th floor


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. • Meharry Cohort Study Luncheon

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Lower Lobby


1:30 – 3 p.m. • Wealth Management Luncheon Seminar

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Ballroom – 2nd floor


1 – 3 p.m. • Books, Art and Craft Fair

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

1st floor lobby


3 – 5:30 p.m. • Meharry National Association Annual Meeting

S.S. Kresge Learning Resources Center

Lecture Halls 3 & 4


4 – 6 p.m. • Alumni Registration

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Registration Desk, 1st floor lobby


6:30– 6:45 p.m. • Greetings from President James E.K. Hildreth

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Auditorium – 2nd floor


7 – 8:30 p.m. • Golden Anniversary Dinner

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Ballroom A – 2nd floor


7 – 8:30 p.m. • Silver Anniversary Dinner

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

2nd floor


7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Class Meetings

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

2nd floor and 3rd floor


7:30 – 9 p.m. • Class Pictures

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Auditorium – 2nd floor and 3rd floor stairs


8:30 – 10 p.m. • Evening of Jazz

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

1st floor


9 p.m. – 1 a.m. • Young Alumni Patio Party

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Patio – 2nd floor


9 p.m. – 1 a.m. • Old School Party

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Ballroom B – 2nd floor


Saturday, May 19, 2018


9 a.m. • 143rd Commencement

Grand Ole Opry House

2804 Opryland Drive

Nashville, TN 37214


11 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Alumni Family Picnic

(Inflatable bounces, face painting)

Amphitheater – Tent

(Inclement weather – The Cal Turner Family Center for Student



6 – 9 p.m.• Meharry Alumni Gala

The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education

Ballroom A & B – 2nd Floor

(Dance immediately following)

Attire: Cocktail


Sunday, May 20, 2017


10 a.m. – Noon • Alumni Farewell Champagne Brunch

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel • 2100 West End Avenue

Skylight Foyer • Mezzanine Level

The Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:00 am, Grand Ole Opry House. Commencement Reunion Activities will commence May 16, 2018




An activity form must be completed for each event you plan to have appear in the Commencement/Reunion Activity Booklet. Please fill out your form completely and click the submit button to transmit.


Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.


Please make all submissions by 12 Noon March 24, 2018.


If you are planning an event on campus, contact the following individuals to reserve our space:

  • Linda Williams –x6904 (TQM Room)
  • Linda Burton–x6337 (SOM, Lecture Halls)
  • Alicia Cross –x6784 (SOD, Cox Auditorium)
  • Malynda Gaines –x6533 (Utmost Bound, SOGS Classrooms)
  • Judy Johnson –x6728 (Library –Multipurpose Room)
  • Lisa Dixon –x6105 (Cal Turner Family Center, Moses Alumni Hall & Lyttle Hall Parlor and Meeting Space)
  • Sherrica Proctor -x5500 (Metz Catering @ Meharry)

Thank you.

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143rd Commencement Ceremony

Grand Ole Opry House

May 19, 2018


Parking and Robing Information


2018 Commencement Program

The Meharry Medical College 143rd Commencement Ceremony officially starts at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Faculty, Staff and Graduates participating in the processional are strongly encouraged to arrive by 7:30 am. The doors to the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Placeholding in the general seating area will not be permitted.


Designated Robing Rooms are as follows:

  • Graduates & School Marshals -Prop Area
  • Faculty & Staff -It All Begins with A Song (Room 14),Women of Country (Room 15) & Wagon Master (Room 16)
  • Board of Trustees -Green Room
  • President & Speaker -Mr. Roy (Room 1)
  • Platform Guests -Bluegrass Room (Room 2)
  • Executive Leadership -Rhinestones Room (Room 3)
  • 25/50 Year Alumni -Into the Circle (Room 4), Stars & Stripes (Room 5), Now That’s Funny (Room 6)

Only assigned alumni and staff will have access to the main floor prior to the start of the ceremony.


Directional signage will be provided for your convenience.


Grand Rehearsal

Grand Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Grand Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates and is open to your guest.


Attire for Graduates

Regalia must be worn by all graduates. Regalia must be returned within 90 minutes following the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony.



Parking for graduates, administration, alumni, and guests will be located in the general parking area of the Grand Ole Opry House at no cost to you.

Transportation to the Grand Ole Opry House will be provided from the Gaylord Hotel and Meharry Medical College.


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access to the Grand Ole Opry House is available.

Handicap parking is available at the Belmont Curb Event Center.



The professional photographers on duty will take 2 photographs of each graduate. Information for purchase will be provided during the May 16th Grand Rehearsal.

If you would like to serve as a volunteer, please R.S.V.P. via the form below.

Roles of Volunteers

  • Assist guests in hooders section to their seats
  • Direct VIPs to the reserved section
  • Assist and direct graduates and hooders on and off stage

What time should you arrive?

  • Volunteers for the ceremony should arrive at 6:30 a.m.
  • Volunteers should park in the general parking lot located near the Belmont Curb Event Center.


  • Business attire (black and white preferred) or dark-colored clothing (navy)

What to do if?

  • Guest has special request

If you encounter a guest with special needs (i.e., diabetic, asthmatic) security personnel will be stationed in the following locations listed below each area of the property. The officers on duty have been directed to assist you and will know whom to contact in case of an emergency.  Medic One will be available for the day.


  • VIP -Main Floor
  • Alumni -Main Floor
  • Graduates -Main Floor
  • Hooders -Main Floor
  • Programs


  • Staff badges will be available when you arrive and should be returned at the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony.

Please fill out the form below to sign up to volunteer for commencement:

Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Chair

Sandra Williams, Co-Chair




Connie Austin


Dr. Stephanie Bailey


Jocelyn Cordell


April Curry


Devyn Demaree


Candace Demonbreun


Lisa  Dixon


Sherlene Fry


Chelsei Granderson


Dr. Julie Gray


Dr. Sandra Harris


Dr. Saletta Holloway


Auturo Holmes


Dontez Huskey


Joannie Ivory


Majornette Jefferson


Gerald Jones


George Kelly


Tammi Lavender


Dr.  Stephanie McClure


Theresa McKinnon


Ken Morris


Dr. Evangeline Motley


Jessica Powell


Tremayne Richard


Joseph  Smith, Jr.


Enola Walton


Linda Witt

The Doctoral Hooding Commencement is for those candidates receiving the M.D., Ph.D., or D.D.S. degrees. Students may choose their dissertation advisors, mentors, or family members to participate in the hooding ceremony. A maximum of two hooders may participate.


Please click here to review the College’s hooding policy.


Please indicate the name of your hooder(s) below. Students are responsible for confirming the availability of their hooder(s).

  • (SOD, SOM, MSPH, Ph.D., etc)