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Commencement 2013 Archives

Infographic: Decode the regalia and symbols of Commencement

May. 7, 2013—The design of Vanderbilt’s academic regalia and the colors worn by graduating students, faculty and administrators are significant from cap to collar to cuff.

 But what does this ornate attire mean?

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As Commencement approaches, six seniors reflect on what comes next

May. 6, 2013—As Commencement approaches, we asked six seniors to reflect: How has Vanderbilt provided new opportunities, given focus to your interests and prepared you for the future? Most importantly, what comes next?

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Aladine Elsamadicy wants to bridge cultural divides

May. 6, 2013—Aladine Elsamadicy says he didn’t feel singled out for his Egyptian heritage or Muslim faith while growing up in Alabama—not until Sept. 11, 2001, that is. He was in the fifth grade at the time. Elsamadicy and his siblings were suddenly more conspicuous at their public schools in Huntsville. He said they felt confronted with...

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Rebecca Boelzner wants to bolster appreciation for the arts

May. 6, 2013—Rebecca Boelzner began playing piano at age 6 and violin at 11 before switching to the viola—a stringed instrument slightly larger than the violin with a deeper sound—as a senior in high school. Pursuing music in some way at college only seemed natural for the Richmond, Va., native. “I wanted to attend a school with...

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Mara Truslow and Elin Bunch want to empower children to achieve

May. 6, 2013—Mara Truslow and Elin Bunch are from different parts of the country—Boise, Idaho, and Signal Mountain, Tenn., respectively—but share a passion for using creative writing to inspire students. Nashville’s Martha O’Bryan Center, which serves to empower children, youth and adults living in poverty, seemed the perfect place to test their theory that the writing process...

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Josh Shannon wants to pioneer biomedical discoveries

May. 6, 2013—Growing up in Spring Hill, Fla., Josh Shannon did almost everything with his identical twin, Michael. So when it was time for the academically talented brothers to apply to colleges, naturally there was some overlap. “We weren’t set on going to the same school, but we both liked Vanderbilt so much that we decided to...

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Shewa Adelekun wants to champion health care equality

May. 6, 2013—When Shewa Adelekun was 5, her family emigrated from Nigeria to New York City. Her father, a doctor in his native country, took steps to complete his medical residency in the United States. Her mother, a nurse by training, became certified in the United States and worked two jobs to help support the family. It’s...

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Chancellor, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author to address graduating seniors at Vanderbilt University May 9-10

May. 6, 2013—Vanderbilt University seniors will close their chapters as undergraduates with words from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison who will deliver the Senior Day address Thursday, May 9, followed by Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 10.

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Infographic: Commencement 2013 by the numbers

May. 2, 2013—Did you know that 28,650 folding chairs are set out across 11 campus locations for graduating students and their guests? Tally the numbers behind Vanderbilt's 2013 Commencement exercises.

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Make alternate parking plans to accommodate Commencement guests May 10

May. 2, 2013—University Central faculty and staff are asked to seek alternate parking on Friday, May 10, to make as many spaces available as possible for guests attending that day’s Commencement activities.

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VUCast: An undergrad’s research to boost learning apps; hear amazing talent in a student recording studio

May. 2, 2013—See how an undergrad’s research is boosting learning apps Hear amazing talent inside a student-run music studio Commencement Countdown! See what’s special It’s all in this week’s VUCast – watch now.

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Our favorite Tweets and Instagrams: End of the semester edition

Apr. 26, 2013—Nostalgia and excitement are in the air this week. Students are ready for finals to be over, but for those who are graduating, it’s a bittersweet time. Below are a few of our favorite Tweets and Instagrams as the semester comes to a close. Be a part of the conversation: Follow us on Twitter and...

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