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Students Lead Way in Giving Back to Vanderbilt

by Sep. 6, 2018, 12:01 PM

Senior Class Fund Chair Claire Fogarty, BS'18, presents the Class of 2018's record-breaking donation during Senior Day Activities May 10. Photo by Joe Howell
Senior Class Fund Chair Claire Fogarty, BS’18, presents the Class of 2018’s record-breaking donation during Senior Day Activities May 10. Photo by Joe Howell

Senior Class Fund Chair Claire Fogarty, BS’18, presented the Class of 2018’s gift to Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos as part of Senior Day activities before Commencement.

“I offer my deepest gratitude to Claire and to all the Senior Class Fund officers for inspiring their fellow students to give back to Vanderbilt,” Zeppos said. “Your philanthropic spirit provides a tangible confirmation of the value that you place on your Vanderbilt experience. With this gift the great Class of 2018 leaves an enduring imprint that strengthens our beloved university for the generations of students that follow in your footsteps.”

The undergraduate seniors were not the only ones who set class gift records this year. Graduates of the Divinity School and Owen Graduate School of Management’s MBA and MMHC programs also had record-setting years. Additionally, Owen’s MSF, MMark, MAcc and EMBA program graduates reached 100 percent class participation.

“It is incredibly inspiring to see these newly minted alumni leading the way in giving back to Vanderbilt,” says Melinda Phillips, executive director of annual giving. “By making gifts of all sizes to the areas of campus that have meant the most to them during their time as students, they have a direct impact on the future of the university. For that, we are thankful.”

—NICOLE SMITH

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