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MEDIA ADVISORY–Commencement set for Vanderbilt

May. 9, 2003, 9:29 AM

Approximately 2,400 students will receive diplomas at Vanderbilt University’s graduation exercises Friday, May 9, starting at 9 a.m. on Alumni Lawn, near West End Avenue and 23rd Avenue North. Chancellor Gordon Gee will give the Commencement address to the graduates. After Chancellor Gee’s address, the deans of the graduate and professional schools will award diplomas in separate ceremonies. For the sixth year, the ceremony will be cybercast live starting at 9 a.m. with a link at http://www.vanderbilt.edu.

If it rains, the event will be moved to Memorial Gymnasium on 25th Avenue South. For more Commencement information, go to http://www.vanderbilt.edu/commencement/Commence.html Media Parking:A limited number of parking spaces for print and television photographers will be available in Lot 1, which fronts West End Avenue and 23rd Avenue North (across from Blockbuster Video). Reporters can park at Terrace Place garage, at 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place just off West End Avenue. All media must show valid news identification to park. If it rains, photographers/TV news crews can park at Kensington Garage on 25th Avenue South next to Memorial Gym.

Media Credentials:News photographers who want access to the graduates’ seating area and the grounds immediately in front of the stage must have media credentials from the Vanderbilt News Service. Credentials can be picked up at Lot 1 between 8 a.m. and 9: 30 a.m. on Commencement day. To request credentials, call Emily Pearce at 322-2706. On Commencement day, call 322-NEWS to reach a member of the News Service. (A mult box will be available stage left.)

Media contact: Emily Pearce, 615-322-NEWS, emily.pearce@vanderbilt.edu

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