141st Commencement Ceremony
Gaylord Resort & Convention Center
May 21, 2016
Parking and Robing Information
2016 Commencement Program
The Meharry Medical College 141st Commencement Ceremony officially starts at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center. Faculty, Staff and Graduates marching in the processional will need to arrive by 6:30 am. The doors to the general public open at 7:30 a.m. and no one will be admitted until the doors officially open. Seating is unreserved so it will be first come, first accommodated. Placeholding in the general seating area will not be permitted.
Designated Robing Areas
Again, Faculty, Staff and Graduates marching in the processional should arrive at the Grand Ole Opry between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Robing Rooms are as follows:
Faculty, Staff & 25/50 Year Alums -Rooms 11/12
Graduates & School Marshals -Prop Area
Deans & Executive Management -Room 3
Board of Trustee and Platform Guests -Green Room
Only 25/50 year and above Alumni, and Meharry Staff, working on Commencement, will have access to the ballroom main floor prior to the start of the ceremony. Areas will be designated for each respective school. Directional signage will be provided for your convenience.
Grand Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 8:30 a.m. Please be reminded that Grand Rehearsal is mandatory for all graduates, however, it is open to your guest.
Attire for Graduates
The attire for the Commencement Ceremony is Business. Regalia must be returned within 1 hour at the end of the program. Diplomas will be issued upon regalia return.
Decorum of Family, Friends and Guests
Meharry staff and ushers are prepared to extend the Meharry tradition of respect and politeness to all our guests. Graduates are requested to ask that family members and friends also be respectful of Meharry staff and ushers as well as the rules established for this event.
Parking for graduates, administration, alumni, and guest will be located in the general parking area of the Opry Mills Complex at no cost to you. There will be shuttles provided from the general parking area to the entrance of the Delta Portico. Families who charter Buses (not vans) should use the designated area for buses at Opry Mills Mall. This area is located near the Gibson Showcase.
Guests in Wheelchairs
If you have a family member or guest who is in a wheelchair then he/she will park in the handicap spaces provided. There will be shuttles provided from the general parking area to the entrance of the Delta Portico. Once your guests arrive at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center entrance he/she will be escorted to a special area of the ballroom for seating.
The professional photographers on duty will take 2 photographs of each graduate, you will receive information at the May 10th Grand Rehearsal about how copies of photographs may be purchased.