Vanderbilt Family Weekend celebrates Commodore community

More than 3,000 parents, siblings, grandparents, students and others celebrated Family Weekend Oct. 1–3 as Vanderbilt University welcomed families to campus for three days of special events.

The weekend’s highlights included a conversation with Chancellor Daniel Diermeier on Alumni Lawn Friday afternoon, where he spoke about the strength and resilience of the Vanderbilt community in the face of unprecedented challenges.

“Our community has never been more important than it is now, at this uncharted and pivotal moment within our university’s history,” Diermeier said. “Our Vanderbilt parents and family members are vital members of our community. You are an active part of your students’ journeys and, therefore, Vanderbilt’s journey.”

Family Weekend also featured the Fall for the Arts festival, a tailgate party before the Commodores’ 30-28 victory over Connecticut, campus tours, a farewell breakfast and more. All festivities were outdoors in accordance with campus health and safety protocols.

Several webinars covering areas of student life, including financial aid, resources for first-generation college students, and career support, are available online.

“We encourage Vanderbilt families to stay involved all year round,” said Kimberly and Jamie Pleasant, Vanderbilt Parents and Family Association Board co-chairs. “Whether you host a coffee social for other families in your city, volunteer on campus or tune in to one of the university’s many online events—there are so many opportunities to make connections with wonderful people and make a positive impact on all of our students.”