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Commencement 2016 Archives

Commencement regalia recycled for the first time; gowns made of plastic bottles

May. 24, 2016—For the first time, graduating Vanderbilt seniors could recycle their regalia following this year's Commencement.

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Thanks to Vanderbilt, some hungry animals have a lucky Friday the 13th

May. 20, 2016—Animals at the Nashville Zoo and Walden’s Puddle recently enjoyed taking part in a bit of Vanderbilt tradition when the university donated strawberries left over from Commencement to the two organizations.

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School of Medicine graduates urged to make positive impact

May. 19, 2016—From the minute students accept entrance into Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) they have made many life-changing choices. As they navigate medical school and make decisions about the kind of doctors they want to be, the choices continue to mount.

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Nursing graduates embrace quest for health care excellence

May. 19, 2016—Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), gave a charge to graduates to “go be excellent” during the school’s Commencement and Investiture ceremonies last week.

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Promise of discovery drives Biomedical Sciences graduates

May. 19, 2016—In a twist on the usual research narrative, Justin Siemann, Ph.D., who celebrated his doctoral degree in Neuroscience at last week’s Graduate School Commencement, conducted research on patients first, and then moved to the laboratory bench.

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Intelligence expert Lenora Peters Gant named Peabody Distinguished Alumna

May. 17, 2016—U.S. Security and Intelligence expert Lenora Peters Gant received the 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

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Celebrating Commencement 2016

May. 13, 2016—#myVanderbilt is celebrating the class of 2016. Hear from grads and families on this awesome day! Read more: Chancellor to graduates: ‘Lift others up’ Read more Commencement 2016 stories: Follow Vanderbilt on Twitter:, on Instagram: and on Facebook: See all Vanderbilt social media at

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Our favorite #vandygram photos of the week

May. 13, 2016—Another great Commencement has come and gone. Take a look at some of our favorite photos of the week on the Get Social website.

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Founder’s Medalists honored at Vanderbilt Commencement

May. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos awarded the top scholars from each of the university’s undergraduate and professional schools Friday, May 13.

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Chancellor to graduates: ‘Lift others up’

May. 13, 2016—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos mined his family's history to make his point to the Class of 2016 at Commencement ceremonies.

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Vanderbilt University honors 24 as emeriti faculty

May. 13, 2016—Twenty-four retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 13, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.

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Soledad O’Brien to seniors: Finding your passion can take time

May. 12, 2016—Finding the inspiration to live a meaningful life is more a “slow, chip-away-at-it process” than a thunderclap of revelation, Senior Day speaker Soledad O’Brien told Vanderbilt’s Class of 2016 during her address.

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