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Volunteers needed for Commencement

Apr. 1, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Commencement 2019 is May 8–10, and your help is needed to make the event a success. This year, volunteer registration will take place through InItLive, a cloud-based volunteer management system that allows you to sign up, manage shifts and communicate with key staff before, during and after Commencement.

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Tierno named director of Vanderbilt Commencement

Jan. 4, 2019—Scott A. Tierno, a higher education administrator with significant experience in leading major campus initiatives, has been named director of Commencement and special events.

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Global tennis champion Venus Williams to deliver Senior Day address

Nov. 30, 2018—Venus Williams—an international tennis champion, entrepreneur and author—will receive the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in May 2019, when she addresses graduating seniors at Vanderbilt and their families.

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Q&A with Engineering’s Cynthia B. Paschal, Vanderbilt’s next university marshal

Jun. 6, 2018—The School of Engineering's Cynthia B. Paschal has been appointed as the next university marshal, and she answered five questions about her new role.

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Chancellor suggests top 5 ways new graduates can use their education for good

May. 11, 2018—Acknowledging that their Vanderbilt degrees will grant 2018 graduates a wide range of options, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos offered up five specific ways to use their education for good.

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Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

May. 29, 2017—Caruso graduated with his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2016, and today he uses what he learned to teach ethics to medical school students.

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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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MEDIA ADVISORY: Chancellor, filmmaker Ken Burns to address graduating seniors at Senior Day and Commencement May 11, 12

May. 8, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver Vanderbilt University’s Commencement address May 12, the day after filmmaker Ken Burns accepts a prestigious Vanderbilt award and offers his advice.

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Commencement #VU2017 by the numbers

May. 3, 2017—Nearly 4,000 graduates from 76 countries are being awarded 36 different degrees during Vanderbilt's 2017 Commencement on Friday, May 12.

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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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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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