Vanderbilt launches new Commencement Web site

Vanderbilt University is already gearing up for spring with the launch of its new website on all things Commencement at

The site features a new look and more information than ever before about the university’s three days of Commencement activities that start with THE PARTY on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, and continue with Senior Day on Thursday, May 13, and Commencement on Friday, May 14.

This year’s party for graduates, their friends and families will feature music by Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini will deliver the Senior Day address and in keeping with Vanderbilt tradition, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver the university’s Commencement address.

Graduates and their families can also get an earlier start on ordering tickets for THE PARTY, those coveted caps and gowns, graduation announcements and keepsakes – such as class rings, DVDs and photos. Online ordering for these items is available now.

Other new features on the site include improved maps to help visitors navigate campus and a text messaging service to which graduates, guests and area businesses can sign up to receive updates such as a change in location if needed because of weather or unexpected circumstances. Register at

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