Vanderbilt in 2022: The stories that shaped the year

From the investiture of Daniel Diermeier as Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor to a triple Reunion celebration, from a focus on global initiatives to the launch of Discovery Vanderbilt, the university marked many historic moments and milestone accomplishments in 2022. Take a look back at highlights from the year, as Vanderbilt prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2023.


Daniel Diermeier was formally installed as the ninth chancellor of Vanderbilt University on April 9. The investiture weekend was hosted by the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and also included panel discussions and a community celebration.

Daniel Diermeier installed as Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor

In keynote remarks delivered at an investiture officially marking his tenure as Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor, Daniel Diermeier urged the university community to seize the aspirational moment and join him in building “The Great University” for today’s world.

Discovery VanderbiltDiscovery Vanderbilt initiative to catalyze university’s transformative research and discovery

Discovery Vanderbilt, announced Oct. 17 by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver, builds upon Opportunity Vanderbilt and Destination Vanderbilt by committing major resources to dramatically increase faculty, student and staff engagement and success in pursuing bold new ideas through disciplined, rigorous inquiry.

Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions drop 19 percent in two years, new sustainability report shows

Vanderbilt University’s greenhouse gas emissions have dropped 19 percent overall and 23 percent per square foot since fiscal year 2020, according to the latest annual sustainability report released by FutureVU Sustainability in the Division of Administration.

Famed writers, musicians and politicians among new advisory board for Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy announced the formation of a 26-member advisory board spanning multiple backgrounds and fields—from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and biographer Walter Isaacson to Grammy-winning artists Faith Hill and Tim McGraw—that is committed to the project’s mission to elevate facts and evidence-based reasoning in American political discourse.

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier stands on stage at the 2022 Clinton Global Initiative meeting with Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier with Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City on Sept. 20

Vanderbilt to host Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting in 2023

Vanderbilt University will serve as the host campus for the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting March 3–5, 2023. The gathering is an opportunity for students from around the world to collaborate with influential leaders, experts and innovators on solving humanity’s most pressing problems.

Vanderbilt University seal
The new Vanderbilt University seal

Vanderbilt University launches refreshed visual identity

Vanderbilt University launched a refreshed visual identity designed to reflect the university’s forward momentum and build pride and visibility across the institution, including its athletics program. The new identity includes a clear articulation of who the university is today through new wordmarks and logos.

Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial logo

Upcoming Sesquicentennial offers opportunity to consider our past, envision our future

Vanderbilt will mark the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2023 with a yearlong commemoration in which the entire university community will be invited to consider our past and, especially, to envision our future.


Members of the Class of 2022 celebrate at the main Commencement ceremony held at Vanderbilt Stadium on May 13.

Diermeier urges Class of 2022 to go forward with courage, ‘dare to grow’

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier congratulated the Class of 2022 for their “persistence, patience and, above all, courage” during the previous four years when he delivered his Commencement address at Vanderbilt Stadium on May 13.

Reid Hoffman delivers the 2022 Graduates Day address at Memorial Gym on May 12.

Vanderbilt rises to No. 13 among nation’s top universities in latest ‘U.S. News’ rankings

Vanderbilt University ranks No. 13 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Colleges rankings. The university also received high rankings in the Best Value Schools and Academic Programs to Look For categories.

Vanderbilt graduate and professional schools excel in 2023 ‘U.S. News’ rankings 

Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development

Vanderbilt University’s graduate programs showed continued strength in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, with Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development again ranked fifth while its concentrations in special education and school administration placed first.

Left to right: Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Padma Raghavan, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, when Blackburn visited Vanderbilt Aug. 15 to learn more about the university’s growing partnership with Army Futures Command and Fort Campbell.

Provost launches initiatives focused on research support, graduate education, more

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver announced six initiatives that include strengthening the university’s support of research, furthering connections and collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and further defining the future of graduate education.

Provost makes new $5M annual investment to enhance doctoral education

The Graduate School, in partnership with deans across multiple schools, has launched an enhanced funding and support model for doctoral education as a result of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver’s new $5 million annual investment in graduate education.


CIRCLES 100-car test project
The CIRCLES Consortium, consisting of Vanderbilt University, UC Berkeley, Temple University and Rutgers University-Camden, in coordination with Nissan North America and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, concluded a five-day open-track experiment on Nov. 18.

AI-powered cruise control system may pave the way to fuel efficiency and traffic relief

Vanderbilt University was part of a consortium of academic researchers, working with leading automakers, that concluded a five-day test in November on a stretch of Interstate 24 near downtown Nashville—the largest study of its kind in the world. The researchers tested an AI-powered cruise control system designed to increase fuel savings and ease traffic.

The Rev. James Lawson returned to Vanderbilt for the April 7 launch of The James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, which will celebrate his legacy and carry forward his life’s work.

Lawson helps launch Vanderbilt institute rooted in nonviolent social change

The Rev. James Lawson returned to Vanderbilt University for the launch of an institute that carries forward his commitment to achieving justice and equality through nonviolent movements and strategies.

U.S. Cyber Command Director Gen. Paul M. Nakasone gave the opening keynote address at the Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats on May 4.

Cyber defense leaders address growing security challenges as part of inaugural Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats

U.S. Cyber Command Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, former President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and a range of military and intelligence leaders, scholars, prominent journalists and private sector experts in cybersecurity, energy and finance convened at the Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats May 4–5.

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier (second from right) joins representatives from Silicon Ranch Corp., the Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and the Duck River Electric Membership Corp. for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a new solar farm in Bedford County, Tennessee.

Solar farm groundbreaking advances Vanderbilt’s large-scale renewable energy partnership

A bold partnership that will help Vanderbilt University power its campus entirely through renewable energy moved a step closer to that goal with the Jan. 19 groundbreaking of a solar farm in Bedford County, Tennessee.


Students, faculty, staff and VUceptors cheer on first-year students in the Class of 2026 as they move in at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons on Aug. 20.

Class of 2026 welcomed to campus

Returning students, faculty and staff greeted the Class of 2026 and their families with smiles, cheers and high-fives as they arrived on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for Move-In Day on Aug. 20.

Returning alumni enjoyed the many Triple Reunion celebrations held on Vanderbilt’s campus Oct. 6–9.

Triple Reunion sets records for attendance and giving

On a weekend blessed by perfect fall weather, nearly 6,000 alumni and their guests returned to Vanderbilt Oct. 6–9 for Reunion, the first since 2019.

Diermeier announces one-time monetary award for Vanderbilt employees

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier recognized Vanderbilt University employees for their diligent work over the past two years with a one-time supplement to their paychecks. All eligible faculty, staff and postdocs received a $1,500 bonus in their paychecks at the end of March.

Vanderbilt expands paid parental leave, reproductive health resources to broaden support for university community

Vanderbilt is expanding paid parental leave for Vanderbilt staff and adding a new coordinator role that will be responsible for providing information, support and reproductive health resources for pregnant and parenting students, faculty, staff and postdocs.

University’s actions around equity, diversity and inclusion highlighted in annual report

Vanderbilt University’s collective and augmented efforts during the past academic year to foster a sense of belonging at every level of campus are spotlighted in a new report from the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Vanderbilt launches ‘Future of Work’ to elevate university staff experience

Vanderbilt University has launched the Future of Work initiative to improve the recruitment, professional development and retention of valued staff members and help them reach their full potential as employees.

Highland Quadrangle
Highland Quad

Three new residential colleges planned for Highland Quad

Vanderbilt University is embarking on the next phase of its residential colleges program with the re-envisioning of Highland Quadrangle along 25th Avenue South. The initiative, which includes construction of three new residential colleges for upper-division students, will build upon the successful living-learning environments already in place.

Graduate and professional student housing project topping out ceremony
The Vanderbilt graduate and professional student housing project celebrated a “topping out” ceremony in April, with construction crew members and Vanderbilt housing administrators signing the final beam.

Graduate and professional student housing project celebrates milestone with topping out ceremony, announces first retail business

Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional student housing project reached two milestones in April: the placement of the final steel structural beam of the building and the announcement of the first retail business to occupy the space, the Turnip Truck.


Title IX 50 yearsVanderbilt celebrates 50 years of Title IX

Vanderbilt Athletics celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX throughout 2022 with reflections and events recognizing the impact, progress and continual push forward of the landmark legislation in all areas of women’s sports.

FirstBank Stadium

Football stadium recognized as FirstBank Stadium beginning this fall

Vanderbilt University and FirstBank signed a 10-year football stadium naming rights and campus collaboration agreement, Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, announced Aug. 29.

Vanderbilt adds volleyball as a varsity sport

Vanderbilt University announced the addition of women’s volleyball as the university’s 17th varsity sport. Enabled by the transformational Vandy United campaign, the sport will begin competition in the 2025–26 academic year.

Freshman student-athlete Gordon Sargent won a four-man playoff Monday at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, to claim the national title.
Student-athlete Gordon Sargent at the 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship

Sargent wins national title

Student-athlete Gordon Sargent won a four-man playoff at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, to claim the 2022 NCAA men’s golf national title.