Founders Walk marks beginning of Vanderbilt journey for Class of 2026 


First-year, transfer and Next Steps students officially began their journey as members of the Vanderbilt University community during Founders Walk on Aug. 21. The celebratory procession marks the conclusion of Move-In Weekend, as students make their way from The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons to the main part of Vanderbilt’s campus.  

This year, the procession ended on Library Lawn, where the students received special Founders Walk pins to commemorate the occasion. Upper-division students representing a variety of campus organizations and affinity groups were also on hand to cheer them on.  

Founders Walk culminated with remarks from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver and a keynote address by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier. 

“You come to us today standing strong on your own, as a member of the Vanderbilt community who has earned your place,” Diermeier said. “When you graduate, you’ll become part of something even greater, applying what you’ve learned as you move into a world that needs your skills and talents, backed for life by your Vanderbilt education.”   

Other speakers included Tiffiny Tung, vice provost for undergraduate education; Melissa Gresalfi, dean of the Ingram Commons; Anu Pardeshi, Vanderbilt Alumni Association president; and Amisha Mittal, Vanderbilt Student Government president.