Student Life

Graduation: May 20, 2017


DATE & TIME:   Friday, May 19th at 11:00AM
LOCATION:  Room 804, on campus


Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00AM

Watkins College of Art
2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
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: Mr. Bob Bernstein, owner of Bongo Productions. For more information on Mr. Bernstein, please read the press release.


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
  • Financial Aid Loan Exit Counseling Session (see below)
  • Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal on campus (date TBA)
  • Meet promptly at Watkins College of Art Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. with your cap and gown!
  • Student Life Graduate Exit Interview: Graduates are required to fill out the Graduate Exit Interview online 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 complete an ONLINE EXIT and 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 20, 2017 at Watkins College of Art located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228. A map and directions are available on our website. 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.


Participants or guests needing special accommodations due to physical disabilities/limitations should contact Student Life as early as possible to discuss arrangements for accommodations. Student Life at [email protected] or 615.277.7406

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
0.3 miles Fairfield Inn & Suites $144 615-432-4677
0.8 miles Millennium Maxwell House Single or Double $114  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 catalogue 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 catalogue for graduation requirement information.