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David Rodgers, BMus’17, selected for 2018 Young Composer Showcase by the Jazz Education Network

Jan. 9, 2018—The Young Composer Showcase spotlights young jazz composers, giving students an opportunity to have an original composition recognized and performed at an International level.

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Alternative graduation recognizes VU student-athletes

May. 18, 2017—On Tuesday, Vanderbilt hosted an "alternative graduation" for a dozen student-athletes who missed last week's Commencement ceremonies due to athletic obligations.

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Latinx graduates honored at Sí Se Pudo ceremony

May. 17, 2017—The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Latino and Latina Studies and the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students presented Sí Se Pudo 2017, Vanderbilt’s inaugural Latinx graduation ceremony, on May 11 in the Central Library Community Room.

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Celebrating the Class of 2017

May. 12, 2017—Damp weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of Class of 2017 members on Friday, May 12, when Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presided over Commencement exercises and nearly 4,000 undergraduates, graduate and professional students received diplomas.

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Chancellor reminds graduates of the power of connection at Vanderbilt Commencement

May. 12, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reminded graduates at Vanderbilt’s Commencement May 12 that the university, the faculty and their classmates will continue to have an enduring influence on their lives.

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Commencement extra-special for grandfather who marches in granddaughter’s ceremony

May. 12, 2017—It was a double celebration at Vanderbilt University’s Commencement for alumnus Jim Cheshire. He marched in the procession May 12 along with other members of the Class of 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of his graduation. His granddaughter Rachel Riendeau marched as well, receiving her bachelor’s degree along with 1,736 other members of the Class of 2017.

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Founder’s Medalists honored at Vanderbilt Commencement

May. 12, 2017—Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos awarded the top scholars from each of the university’s undergraduate and professional schools with Founder’s Medals during Commencement on Friday, May 12.

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Class of 2017: Ro Coleman, baseball standout, to become first male in his family to get degree

May. 10, 2017—Ro Coleman would be wise to bring a box of Kleenex with him to Commencement. “When I walk across that stage and see that piece of paper,” Coleman said, “that’s when I might break down.”

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Class of 2017: Georgina Sellyn, national tennis champ and Scotland native, eyes medical school

May. 10, 2017—During her pre-med studies as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt, Georgina Sellyn spent hours shadowing doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. That experience helped the fifth-year senior on the Commodore tennis team develop an affinity for surgery.

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Class of 2017: Akaninyene Ruffin becomes an activist—and the Outstanding Senior

May. 8, 2017—When Akaninyene Ruffin was announced as Vanderbilt’s Outstanding Senior for 2016-17 during Homecoming last fall, it marked a long journey from freshman year, when she struggled to make friends and suspected her African American heritage rendered her invisible to some of her peers.

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Class of 2017: Ryan Sullivan strengthens villages in Southeast Asia

May. 8, 2017—Moving a mile and a half of PVC pipe along unpaved, winding roads in a small pickup truck—in a foreign country, no less—is no easy task. Ryan Sullivan, known as “Sully” to his professors and friends, knows this firsthand.

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