Participants Information

141st Commencement Ceremony
Grand Ole Opry House
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 Grand Ole Opry House.  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 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

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. 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. Once your guests arrive at the Grand Ole Opry House entrance he/she will be escorted to a special area of the for seating.


The professional photographers on duty will take 2 photographs of each graduate, you will receive information at the May 17th Grand Rehearsal about how copies of photographs may be purchased.