Faculty who would like to be a 2023 faculty marshal can now RSVP to participate.
Faculty marshals are central to Commencement, creating a dignified and beautiful celebration of Vanderbilt graduates and their academic achievement.
Marshals serve as conductors of movement during Commencement and provide essential assistance in guiding students, other faculty, alumni and guests of honor to their designated places for the ceremony. Faculty marshals from all 10 colleges and schools are needed.
Replies are requested by Friday, April 14; please use this form.
This year, the main Commencement ceremony, which includes all university graduates, will be on Friday, May 12, at 9 a.m. on Alumni Lawn. After the recessional of graduate and professional students and their faculty, the undergraduate diploma ceremony will immediately follow in the same location.
Marshals may serve in the main and/or the undergraduate diploma ceremonies. To prepare, marshals will participate in a training session, available either in person on Tuesday, May 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Featheringill Hall Room 136 or virtually on Wednesday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at this link. Additionally, marshals will participate in a rehearsal on Alumni Lawn, tentatively planned for Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m.
If you have more questions about being a faculty marshal, please email University Marshal Cynthia B. Paschal.