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Caroline Kennedy to deliver Vanderbilt Graduates Day address

Nov. 20, 2019—Best-selling author, attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will receive the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal when she speaks to Vanderbilt graduating students and their families in May 2020.

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Chancellor’s Lecture to feature presidential historians Goodwin and Meacham

Oct. 14, 2019—“Lessons of Presidential Leadership” will be the focus of a conversation between presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham during a Chancellor’s Lecture Series event Oct. 31.

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Venus Williams to Vanderbilt graduates: Make mistakes, stay uncomfortable, help others

May. 10, 2019—Tennis champion, entrepreneur and equal rights advocate Venus Williams imparted to Vanderbilt University’s Class of 2019 a well-tested list for success heavy on risk-taking, goal-making and optimism during remarks delivered Thursday in Memorial Gym as part of Senior Day.

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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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Amal Clooney to graduates: ‘Be courageous. Challenge orthodoxy. Stand up for what you believe in’

May. 10, 2018—In a Senior Day speech that brought a packed Memorial Gymnasium to its feet, Amal Clooney took the crowd through historic examples of courage, including Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus Rev. James Lawson.

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Senior Day address by Amal Clooney open to all VU students, faculty and staff

May. 4, 2018—The entire Vanderbilt community is invited to hear British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speak beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in Memorial Gym. Clooney will receive Vanderbilt's prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal when she addresses graduating seniors, their families and other members of campus during Senior Day.

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Chancellor Zeppos, Amal Clooney to address graduating seniors

Apr. 30, 2018—Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will give his Commencement address to about 3,100 graduates Friday, May 11, the day after the students hear from international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

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International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to deliver Senior Day address

Nov. 30, 2017—British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will receive Vanderbilt's prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal in May 2018, when she will address graduating seniors and their families during Senior Day.

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Follow the better angels of their nature, grads are told

May. 11, 2017—Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns spoke to graduating Vanderbilt seniors during Senior Day and was awarded the Nichols-Chancellor's Medal.

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A conversation with America’s historian, Ken Burns

May. 8, 2017—Ken Burns, Vanderbilt University’s 2017 Nichols-Chancellor's Medalist and Senior Day speaker, took a break last month from editing his upcoming film, "Country Music," to talk with MyVU and share his insights on filmmaking, where America stands today, and some contemplative thoughts for seniors on the cusp of Commencement.

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Chancellor Zeppos, Ken Burns to address graduating seniors

May. 1, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver Vanderbilt University’s traditional Commencement address May 12, the day after documentary filmmaker Ken Burns accepts a prestigious Vanderbilt award and offers his advice.

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Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns to deliver Senior Day address during 2017 VU Commencement

Dec. 12, 2016—Critically acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, who has produced some of the most-watched documentaries on public television, will address graduating seniors and their families during Senior Day.

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