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Chancellor shares message with campus community on year of unprecedented challenge and resilience

In March of 2020, the World Health Organization determined that the growing spread of COVID-19 would be officially characterized as a pandemic. It urged the world to prepare for a public health crisis on a scale that few could even imagine. Of course, the year that followed challenged humanity in unprecedented ways, and even now, the pandemic’s staggering loss of life and broad social and economic impact seem unfathomable. Yet the past year brought out the best in many of us. Here at Vanderbilt, while navigating challenges we also excelled, and grew together as a community, in ways we could have never imagined before.
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Class of 2021

Vanderbilt to hold on-campus Commencement ceremony

Vanderbilt University will hold the Class of 2021’s on-campus Commencement ceremony and related events on May 15 and 16, 2021, at Vanderbilt Stadium. Each graduate may have up to two guests attend their ceremony. Those who are unable to attend are invited to participate remotely.
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Return to Campus Update

Outdoor official campus gatherings have increased from eight to a maximum of 12 people. This update does not change the eight-person rule for indoor campus gatherings or any informal student meetups, on or off campus. Masking and physical distancing protocols remain in place for all gatherings regardless of size or location.

In addition, Vanderbilt Student Government’s Campus Life Committee has worked closely with university leaders to develop creative ideas for outdoor activities. As a result, the university will be adding more amenities, such as outdoor furniture and lawn games, in a phased approach over the coming weeks to help facilitate outdoor engagement opportunities.
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Immersion Vanderbilt

Immersion Vanderbilt: Cultivating Passions through Experiential Learning

Immersion Vanderbilt is a degree requirement for the class of 2023 and those that follow. Every student will be called to apply classroom learning to an outside experience. Working closely with a Vanderbilt faculty adviser, students follow a plan they develop and demonstrate what they learn through the completion of a culminating project.

Join us for a webinar to learn more about Immersion Vanderbilt and how you can support your student as they explore, plan and execute their Immersion Vanderbilt experience.
Thursday, March 18
7-8 p.m. CT

Building a Career in College: 5 Things Your Student Should Know

There are stages in your student’s college experience. At what point should the career exploration begin, and what does that look like? How do they gain the real-world experience that sets them apart when they launch their career? Join representatives from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and the undergraduate business minor for a 30-minute webinar filled with practical tips to help you guide your student toward long-term success.

Tuesday, April 6
7-7:30 p.m. CT

Vanderbilt in the Vanguard: The Decades-long Journey to a Coronavirus Vaccine

Vanderbilt scientists on the front lines of COVID-19 research will share their insights on the pandemic and subsequent vaccine development during a Chancellor’s Lecture Series event on Tuesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. CT, hosted by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and moderated by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

The virtual event is in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and is free and open to the Vanderbilt community and the public. Registration is required.

Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now Symposium

The Vanderbilt community will welcome a diverse panel of renowned civil rights and social justice activists, journalists, historians and scholars for an examination of Nashville’s role as an intellectual center of the struggle for racial justice, then and now. The daylong virtual symposium, “Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and Now,” will be on Friday, March 26, starting at 9 a.m. CT. The event is hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Chancellor’s Lecture Series and the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy. The symposium is open to the public. Registration is required.
Accelerator® Virtual Business Immersion for Summer 2021

Accelerator® Virtual Business Immersion for Summer 2021

For the second consecutive summer, we are excited to offer an online certificate program that equips current college students and recent graduates with business fundamentals, consulting experience through a real client project, and career preparation. Accelerator® Virtual Business Immersion offers two unique tracks that can be taken separately or concurrently. Leading Virtual Teams is a one-week, project-based program (June 6 –12) where students will work with and lead teams virtually, gain skills to tackle real business challenges and receive career coaching. Business Essentials is approximately 25 hours of self-paced, online classes that teach key business concepts and applications of leadership, operations, innovation and personal branding. We invite you to explore the program and check out last year’s client project. Space is limited, so please reserve a spot soon. Our streamlined application process does not require an interview.
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Owen in the Spring

Helping Students Jump-Start A Career in Business

Studies show that the career ladder undergraduate students start on after college can influence their career trajectory for up to a decade. Every year, we help students just like yours launch into the business world with the knowledge base, leadership skills, career support and hands-on experience needed for long-term success. Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management offers the following career-launching programs: Vanderbilt MS Finance, Vanderbilt MAcc and Vanderbilt Master of Marketing. These specialized master’s programs are designed for all majors and can be earned in one year or less. Whether your student is a freshman or a senior, it’s never too early or too late to begin preparing for the future. We invite you to explore each program to learn more about career paths, exceptional outcomes, admissions details, application deadlines and upcoming webinars. You can also check out the Class of 2020 employment report for Vanderbilt MS Finance or Vanderbilt Master of Marketing.

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Vanderbilt Chapter Events

Parents are invited to attend Vanderbilt Chapter events, which are currently being held virtually. Join us and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents and alumni in your area.
March 24
Birmingham Wine Tasting

March 30
Knoxville Wine Tasting
ENRICH Your 2021 with Todd Miller

Florida Chapters Networking Lunch, Save the Date April 8
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