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Commodore Connection | April 2022
Chancellor, Daniel Diermeier investiture

Daniel Diermeier installed as Vanderbilt University's ninth chancellor

In keynote remarks delivered at an investiture officially marking his tenure as Vanderbilt’s ninth chancellor, Daniel Diermeier urged the university community to seize this aspirational moment and join him in building “The Great University” for today’s world. An investiture is one of the oldest traditions in academia—an official milestone to celebrate a new era for the university, while also honoring its history. The formal investiture ceremony also included remarks from Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans and other alumni and university leadership, along with a presentation of the symbols of office to the chancellor.

Following the main ceremony, hundreds of members of the Vanderbilt community and their families attended a festive celebration on Alumni Lawn that included free offerings from food trucks and live music. As part of the series of events surrounding the investiture, Vanderbilt hosted in-person and hybrid panel discussions April 8 titled: The Commodore Way: Perspectives on Success in Vanderbilt Athletics and Now More than Ever: Higher Education’s Essential Role in an Age of Disruption. They were followed by a symposium: Tennessee: Engine of Innovation.
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Commencement 2022

We’re excited to be celebrating the Class of 2022 this May. For the most up-to-date information on Graduates Day, the undergraduate ceremony and more, please visit the Commencement website.
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Student Care Network offers advice on supporting students in distress

A student’s life can be stressful. Between academics, life transitions and personal relationships, among other things, it’s understandable that students may sometimes feel overwhelmed. The Student Care Network has shared recommendations for family members who are concerned about their student’s well-being.
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Student Care Network launches Social Justice CARE website

The Student Care Network has launched the Social Justice CARE website, where students have access to resources relative to connecting with affirming Community, Action that can be taken on social justice issues, resources for Restoration and self-care, and Education on a number of social justice related topics.
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Vanderbilt Giving Day // April 21, 2022

Vanderbilt Giving Day is April 21

Vanderbilt University’s annual Giving Day is Thursday, April 21, and the entire Vanderbilt community is invited to stand together for this 24-hour event that raises vital funds for Vanderbilt scholarships, innovation and research while uniting the community toward a common goal.
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Socks for Grads

Special notice to the families of the Class of 2022: Now through Giving Day, make a gift of $35 or more and score a pair of fun VU-themed socks, perfect for showing off that Commodore pride. They make a great graduation gift—but we’ll let you decide if they’re for you or your grad!
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Rev. James Lawson

Lawson helps launch Vanderbilt institute rooted in nonviolent social change

The Rev. James Lawson returned to Vanderbilt University for the April 7 launch of an institute that carries forward his commitment to achieving justice and equality through nonviolent movements and strategies.

The James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, a trans-institutional collaboration between the Divinity School and the College of Arts and Science, will advance evidence-based research and nonviolent change while preparing the next generation of leaders, humanitarians and community organizers. Lawson, one of Vanderbilt’s most revered alumni, played an influential role in the peaceful protests of segregation during the 1960s by training Nashville college students in the principles of nonviolent change.
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Climate Studies // An interdisciplinary approach to a groundbreaking new major.

Vanderbilt offers new climate studies major

The Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science has launched a new climate studies major. The major integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to give students a comprehensive perspective on climate change, its challenges and its possible solutions. Students can declare the major now and choose from an exciting slate of new courses in the fall 2022 semester. This is an innovative approach to studying the climate, as existing climate majors at leading U.S. universities generally focus on climate science.
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Advisory board // Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy

New advisory board for the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy has announced the formation of a 26-member advisory board spanning multiple backgrounds and fields—from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and biographer Walter Isaacson to Grammy-winning artists Faith Hill and Tim McGraw—that is committed to the project’s mission to elevate facts and evidence-based reasoning in American political discourse.
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Mentor network at the Wond’ry gives direction to entrepreneurial dreams

The Wond’ry is a hub for entrepreneurial and social innovation projects within the Vanderbilt community and across the region. Support includes training, programming, makerspaces, microgrants and access to a network of almost 100 professionals who are willing to listen to ideas and provide crucial advice and mentorship.

Learn more and become a mentor.
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Vanderbilt Chapter Events

Parents are invited to attend the Vanderbilt Chapter Events. Come out and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents and alumni in your area.

April 21
Vanderbilt Giving Day Happy Hours

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Volunteer with Vanderbilt

Parents and families are an important part of our Vanderbilt community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, such as participating in networking opportunities and volunteering at regional chapter events.
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Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 | parents@vanderbilt.edu

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