Video presentation of the 145th Commencement

This year’s video Commencement will premier on YouTube. Join us on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. when the video goes live, and celebrate the occasion. Look for the link to be distributed via email and social media.


From President James E.K. Hildreth Sr., Ph.D., M.D.


My fellow Meharrians—


Many of you have voiced concern about Meharry’s 2020 Commencement Exercises, Homecoming and Reunion Week activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other authorities tell us that coronavirus will still be with us in mid-May. Since family members of graduates may have already started making travel plans for Commencement, we must address the question now as to whether we can indeed hold graduation ceremonies.


The answer is: YES WE CAN—but not in the traditional manner. Extraordinary times call for creative, careful solutions. We must be mindful of the fact that this virus has already impacted the lives of thousands of people around the country. However, we are also mindful of the need to recognize and celebrate graduation from Meharry which is the culmination of years of hard work for so many.


Here is what we can tell you now—This year’s ceremony will not be the usual Commencement event as it will not be open to friends and family.


College leaders are working to develop a plan that will be meaningful, yet consistent with CDC safety guidelines. We know that this is a special time for students and their families—among the most special in a lifetime. We want this event to be a source of positive memories for years to come. Homecoming and Reunion Week will be postponed. Details about these events are forthcoming also.


As we move forward, you can be certain that this planning will be aligned with your best interest in mind—both in health and in heart. As plans progress, we will clearly fill in the details for these significant milestones. If you have any questions, email Sandra Williams, Chief of Staff at

If you booked a room, contact the hotels for cancellation.


Sheraton Music City Hotel
777 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
T: 615-885-2200


Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Nashville Airport
511 Royal Pkwy, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
T: 615-930-3730

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

Altha J. Stewart, M.D. is Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. An Associate Professor and Chief of Social and Community Psychiatry, she is also Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the UTHSC. In 2018 she became the 145th President of the American Psychiatric Association, the first African American elected to this position in the 175-year history of the organization. Prior to joining the faculty at UTHSC, she served as Executive Director of the Memphis/Shelby County System of Care program. A native of Memphis, Dr. Stewart worked for decades as CEO/Executive Director in large public mental health systems in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan, overseeing the management and development of programs for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. She received her medical degree from Temple University Medical School and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Regis College in 2006 and Doctor of Science from her alma mater, Christian Brothers University in Memphis in 2018. Dr. Stewart is past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, the Association of Women Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. She is the recipient of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Community Advocate Award, the Black Psychiatrists of America Lifetime Achievement Award, the HealthCare Hero – Physician Award from the Memphis Business Journal, and the 2019 Annual Africa in April Executive of the Year award.

Commencement week events are canceled.



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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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 Grand Ole Opry House.


  • 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



Due to coronavirus concerns, guest hooding has been suspended.

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