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Commodore Connection | August 2023

Family Weekend registration opens Aug. 22

Join the Vanderbilt community on Oct. 13–15 for fun activities that will connect families to Vanderbilt traditions and Nashville, their student’s new home! The whole family will have a blast at this year’s Family Weekend with exciting new additions in and around the essential educational panels, fun campus tours and cheering on the ’Dores.  

This year, families get to help choose the Family Weekend giveaway T-shirts. Cast your vote for your favorite design, and make sure you register on Aug. 22—only Family Weekend participants will find out which shirt won! Families can also go on “Cornelius’ Quest,” a scavenger hunt over the weekend in celebration of our 150th anniversary to win a prize.

A detailed email with registration instructions will be sent on Aug. 22. We strongly encourage you to reserve your accommodations now; hotels and rentals fill up quickly. For additional trip planning resources, please visit the Visiting Nashville page for hotel discounts and more.  
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PAFA Perspectives

Introducing a monthly feature for parents by parents, written by PAFA Board Chairs Roseann and Jeff Gapusan.

In a few short days, our students will be moving to campus, and we will welcome in a new school year! The years at Vanderbilt fly by, so if you have not participated with the Parents and Family Association and/or other Vanderbilt events, THIS is the year. 
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Volunteers needed for Family Weekend! 

If you are looking for a fun way to get more involved in the Vanderbilt community and meet other families, consider serving as a Family Weekend volunteer! Volunteers help with check-in, greet guests, hand out giveaways and more! Complete our volunteer sign-up form below, and we will reach out with more information. 
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Vanderbilt Chapter Events 

Vanderbilt vs. UNLV Commodore Tailgate | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. PT 

Parents, alumni, families and friends are invited to join the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the National Commodore Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the official tailgate for the Vanderbilt vs. UNLV football away game. Put on your BLACK and GOLD and Anchor Down with the Commodores!  
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Diermeier advocates for university priorities at meetings, congressional reception in Washington, D.C.

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier met with members of Congress to advocate for federal investments in research and higher education. He urged for robust federal research funding and student aid programs, and he highlighted Vanderbilt’s leading role in building the innovation ecosystem in Tennessee—particularly in the automotive industry. 
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Seven Commodores selected in MLB Draft

Outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. was taken 17th overall by the Baltimore Orioles. Bradfield is Vanderbilt’s 22nd first-round selection in the Tim Corbin era (2003-present)—the most in the SEC. The Commodores have boasted a first-round pick in each of the past five MLB Drafts. 
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