Student Life

Graduation: May 14, 2016


DATE & TIME:   May 13, 2016 at 11:00 am
LOCATION:  Room 804, on campus


Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville TN

Graduating students must arrive at the school at 8:30 a.m.

LINE OF MARCH: Begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.! Students will be lined up in alphabetical order in accordance with their degree program.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise and creator/executive producer of the hit television series Nashville, will be the keynote speaker for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s 2016 Commencement. Read all about her here.


Graduates and their guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy refreshments, which will be served in the Cecy Reed Student Center immediately following the close of the graduation ceremony.


Regalia will be distributed at rehearsal.  Please remember that the regalia is yours to keep and decoration of your mortarboard is encouraged! Graduates that earned academic honors, your academic honor cords will be distributed at commencement.

Academic Honors: Three academic distinctions are awarded to graduating students. This honor is recognized at graduation and appears on the student’s official transcript. Academic honors can be noted on resume as an academic achievement.

  • Summa Cum Laude is awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA is 3.90 or higher.
  • Magna Cum Laude is awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA is 3.70-3.89.
  • Cum Laude is awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA is 3.50-3.69.


  • Clear all holds from the Library and Business Office (see Registrar if you are not sure)
  • Financial Aid Loan Exit Counseling Session (see below)
  • Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal on campus (date tbd)
  • Meet promptly at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:30 a.m. with your cap and gown!

Graduate Exit Interview: Graduates are required to fill out the Graduate Exit Interview online or meet with Patrick DeGuira, Career Services Coordinator prior to graduation.

Financial Aid Loan Exit Counseling Session:

If you have borrowed from the Federal Student Loan Program at any time during your enrollment at Watkins, you are required to

  1. Complete an ONLINE EXIT and
  1. Schedule your PERSONAL EXIT INTERVIEW by contacting the Financial Aid Office at [email protected]

Announcements/Memorabilia: You are not required to purchase graduation announcements and Watkins does not collect nor place this order for you. If desired, you may visit the Balfour website to order online graduation announcements and other graduation products which you can have mailed directly to your home – class rings are now available!

Graduation Ceremony & Reception: The ceremony is at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228. Please visit for a map and directions. All graduates are to arrive at the college by 8:30 a.m. to dress, have a class photo taken and line up for the ceremony. Lineup will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Cecy Reed Student Center. Parking is available at the college

You are welcome to invite family and friends to share in this memorable experience.

Where to Stay

Watkins has established special rates at the hotels listed below. Please call the hotel directly and ask for the “Watkins College Rate” when making reservations or click the links below.

Distance to Watkins Hotel Rate Phone
0.1 miles SpringHill Suites by Marriott $135 615-244-5474
0.8 miles Millennium Maxwell House Single or Double $114  Click here to reserve at this rate  615-259-4343

It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the requirements for his or her major or program of studies as specified in the catalog under which the student was admitted and to be sure that all such requirements are met. Failure to be aware of a requirement does not excuse a student from completing it. Graduating seniors should check their respective catalog for graduation requirement information.