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Commodore Connection | May 2021
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COVID-19 vaccination required for students in fall 2021

Vanderbilt University announced it will require new and returning students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school year. The requirement applies to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students this fall, and it will be handled in a manner consistent with other university policies governing student vaccine requirements. Accommodations for religious or medical exemptions can be requested through the Student Access office.
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Parent Challenge 2021—New Opportunity!

If 2,400 parents make a gift of any size by June 30, anonymous parent donors will generously give $25,000 to support Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university’s renowned financial aid program.

These same parents already gave $25,000 to support Opportunity Vanderbilt after more than 350 parents answered the call on Giving Day to unlock their generous challenge gift. Now let’s make an even bigger impact for Vanderbilt students.

We are so close—to date, 2,117 parents have risen to the challenge. Please join us by making a gift to the area at Vanderbilt you care about most. You can make a one-time or recurring gift easily at vu.edu/parentgiving.
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Diermeier commends Class of 2021 for leadership during year of adversity

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier thanked the Class of 2021 for their leadership during a year like no other when he spoke at the university’s in-person and virtual Commencement at Vanderbilt Stadium May 15.
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Cybele Raver named Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs

C. Cybele Raver, a distinguished psychologist who serves as deputy provost at New York University, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Vanderbilt University. Raver will begin her new role July 1.
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Career Center

Career Center offers new Videos On Demand page

This year, the Career Center hosted a variety of amazing programs featuring our career coaches, VU alumni and industry experts.

We don't want students to miss any of the great advice and action steps shared, so now they can listen to the events just like a podcast! Perfect for a summer stroll or when winding down in the afternoon.

Access the recordings here.

Life After Vanderbilt Guide + Series

The Life After Vanderbilt event series launched in spring 2014 to bring to life the annual Life After Vanderbilt Guide, which offers real advice from young alumni to senior students to help them "conquer and prevail" after graduation. We’re here to help seniors navigate their next steps with first jobs, grad school and new cities—and help connect them to their global alumni community!
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Follett Higher Education to assume university bookstore operations

Vanderbilt University has entered into an agreement with Follett Higher Education to assume operation of the university’s bookstore at 25th and West End avenues. Follett was selected for its affordable textbook solutions, its technology integrations to support academics, its forward-thinking retail experience and its plan to engage with the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.
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Save the Date!

Vanderbilt Family Weekend
Oct. 1-3


Our students’ families are a vital part of the Vanderbilt community. We hope to see you this fall for a weekend of fun and learning about your student’s experience on campus. We will announce the format (virtual or an in-person/virtual mix) for Family Weekend once we have more clarity regarding the progress of the pandemic.
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Parents and Family Programs
PMB 401627 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 7240-1627
Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 | parents@vanderbilt.edu

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