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Commodore Connection | August 2021
Health and Safety Protocols

Masking required for Move-In Day

We look forward to welcoming families and students to campus for Move-In Weekend. We want to provide you with an exciting and safe as possible back-to-campus experience and therefore are requiring everyone—whether vaccinated or unvaccinated—to mask, even while outdoors, when engaged in close interactions with others while on campus as in the situations described below.

  • VISITORS: All visitors must mask indoors, as well as mask outdoors during check-in, faculty head of house meet and greets and orientation.
  • CAMPUS COMMUNITY: Students and staff must mask in residence halls during Move-In Weekend and must mask both indoors and outdoors during the move-in check-in process and during information sessions and programs.

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Family Weekend registration opens next week

Family Weekend will be in person on campus this fall, Oct. 1–3. Plan to come early, as many activities are planned for that Friday. We look forward to hosting our Vanderbilt families for a wonderful weekend. For those who are unable to attend in person, there will be opportunities to engage virtually.

Registration will open next week at We hope you will join us for this special weekend!

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CommonVU Orientation

CommonVU Orientation activities will take place before the start of classes, beginning on Aug. 21. CommonVU Orientation includes programs and activities to help your student start their journey at Vanderbilt. Your student will learn more about their academic program, be introduced to extracurricular opportunities and campus resources and get to know other members of the Class of 2025. Vanderbilt will provide meals for all new incoming students throughout orientation. Parents and families will need to dine on their own throughout the weekend; cold drinks and grab-and-go snacks will be available on Saturday morning, Aug. 21.
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Welcome to The Ingram Commons webinar

Melissa Gresalfi, dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, hosted a live webinar for incoming first-year students and their parents and families to share what to expect during their first year at Vanderbilt and their new home on The Ingram Commons.
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Immersion Vanderbilt

Immersion Vanderbilt provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to pursue their passions and cultivate intellectual interests through experiential learning. This intensive learning experience takes place in and beyond the classroom and culminates in the completion of a final project.
To learn more, watch this webinar or visit the Immersion website.

Vanderbilt Visions

Vanderbilt Visions allows groups of new students to discover college life together. These groups—each of which is made up of about 18 first-year students—meet frequently throughout the fall semester. Visions groups help new students form strong connections and support networks with classmates across different houses, schools, perspectives and geographical backgrounds, and they assist with the transition to becoming a successful college student. Visions also connects students with a faculty member and an upper-division student peer mentor, called faculty and student VUceptors.
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Anchor Link

Anchor Link is Vanderbilt’s student engagement platform that helps students become involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom.
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VandySafe app

The VandySafe app, available for iPhone and Android, integrates with the university's safety and security systems to provide students, faculty and staff with added safety on campus. Features were added to the app to help users during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a symptom monitoring tool.
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Parents and Family Programs
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