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Join us on Saturday, May 15, 2021 for the livestream of the Hooding and Conferral of Diplomas at 9 a.m. CDT on MeharryTube, followed by the virtual Commencement Celebration at NOON CDT on YouTube Premieres.

Virtual Commencement

Virtual Commencement Screening – Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Noon. via YouTube.

The link will be available on Friday, May 14, 2021 and can be found on the Meharry Commencement website at


Hooding and Conferral of Diplomas Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. (live streamed)

Replay will be available via YouTube, Meharry Medical College Facebook or the Meharry Commencement website at


Rehearsal, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Students are to meet in the amphitheater area—practicing social distancing


Day of event, Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time arrival for Hooding and Conferral of Diplomas

Graduates are to arrive at 8:15 a.m.


Parking and pre-ceremony instructions

Each class will be assigned a floor in the K Parking Garage on 21st Avenue for parking, and each floor will be marked with signage. Once parked, graduates will remain in the garage for staff assistance in lining up for the processional—practicing social distancing


Event venue

Chairs in the grassy area in front of the Meharry Medical College Amphitheater—all graduates will be seated in front of the stage. (The actual amphitheater seating will be restricted.)

ADVISEMENT: For those graduates who wish to wear high-heeled shoes, please be aware that the grounds may be uneven. Caution should be observed.



While the local mask mandate may have been relaxed, Meharry Medical College requires that masks are worn when on campus—and should be worn during both rehearsal and the event.



Participants in the Hooding and Conferral of Diplomas are required to adhere to the following:

• Full academic regalia

• Black or dark shoes (ladies are encouraged to wear shoes that are appropriate for walking on grass). Wearing of tennis shoes for this formal event is not encouraged.

• Men: Dark slacks, white shirt and appropriate tie


Faculty Hooders

For those graduates who have identified a faculty member of their choice to hood them, that faculty member’s participation must be confirmed.



A photographer will be onsite to capture the ceremony and hooding of each graduate.


This year, Commencement ceremonies are virtual.

Here are some suggestions to help you navigate to graduation. Also see the Graduation Clearnace Checklist.

  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


James R. Downing, M.D., is president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is leading a $11.5 billion commitment to accelerate progress in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases by expanding St. Jude clinical care and scientific programs in Memphis and around the globe.

A renowned leader in pediatric cancer research, Dr. Downing focuses his work on understanding the genetic basis of cancer and using that information to improve treatments. He was instrumental in launching the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, an ambitious sequencing effort to discover why childhood cancer arises, spreads and resists treatment.

Beyond research, Dr. Downing has been a driving force to take St. Jude to the world. He has championed an extraordinary new program to raise pediatric cancer survival rates internationally. This will be accomplished through a global alliance of health care providers who work to ensure that children everywhere have access to quality care.

Dr. Downing earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He joined St. Jude in 1986 after training in anatomic pathology at Washington University in St. Louis and completing a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. For his work, Dr. Downing has received numerous honors, including election to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Most recently, he received the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Prize, the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize from the American Society of Hematology and the Pediatric Oncology Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commencement week events are virtual this year.


CLICK HERE for Reunion 2021 information.



An activity form must be completed for each event you plan to have appear in the Commencement 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: TBA


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

  • Linda Williams – x6904 (TQM, LRC Lecture Halls)
  • Barbara Grissom – x6818 – (SOM, Lecture Halls)
  • Alicia Cross – x6784 (SOD, Cox Auditorium)
  • Malynda Gaines – x6533 (Utmost Bound, SOGS Classrooms)
  • Vanessa Smith – X6318 (Library, Multipurpose Room)
  • Danita Stewart – x6244 (Cal Turner Center, Moses Alumni Hall, Lyttle Hall Parlor and Meeting Space)
  • Crissy Grooms – x2802 (Aramark Catering @ Meharry)

Thank you.

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  • Point of Contact:

Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez, Chair

Sandra Williams, Co-Chair



Due to coronavirus concerns, guest hooding has been suspended.