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  11 things you need to know this week  
1.   Chancellor offers ‘eight words’ of advice in farewell Commencement address
    Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos encouraged graduates at Vanderbilt Commencement to be the brave leaders that America and the world desperately needs—leaders who focus on making the world better for others, not just themselves. [ Read More ]
2.   Zeppos: Reflections on 2019, and the years ahead
    Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on his final Commencement ceremony as chancellor in this week’s “What’s On My Mind” column. [ Read More ]
3.   Story Photo Venus Williams to Vanderbilt graduates: Make mistakes, stay uncomfortable, help others
    Tennis champion, entrepreneur and equal rights advocate Venus Williams imparted to Vanderbilt University’s Class of 2019 a well-tested list for success heavy on risk-taking, goal-making and optimism during remarks delivered Thursday in Memorial Gym as part of Senior Day. [ Read More ]
4.   Vanderbilt honors Class of 2019 Founder’s Medalists
    Vanderbilt University recognized exceptional graduating students from each of its undergraduate and professional schools during this year’s Commencement ceremonies. [ Read More ]
5.   Vanderbilt University honors 25 as emeriti faculty; Zeppos appointed Chancellor Emeritus
    Twenty-five retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty. In addition, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos was appointed chancellor emeritus, effective Aug. 15. [ Read More ]
6.   Runner’s High: Evan Suzman, BS’19
    Evan Suzman, a cross country runner for the Commodores, likes to clear his mind with long, winding runs across campus. Off the course, the native New Yorker is a double major in history and child development, with a focus on the history of science. [ Read More ]
7.   Story Photo Our favorite posts of #VU2019 (so far…)
    In celebration of #VU2019, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts on Instagram (so far!). Continue to share your graduation photos on Instagram using #VU2019, and follow us at @vanderbiltu for all the Commencement fun! [ Read More ]
8.   Two students awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
    Vanderbilt University sophomore Aakash Basu and junior Eric Zhang have been named Goldwater Scholars. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier award for undergraduate STEM students who show exceptional promise of becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders. [ Read More ]
9.   Vanderbilt faculty provide essential support to 2018-19 fellowship recipients
    Over the course of the 2018-19 academic year, 31 faculty and other members of campus contributed their time, attention and energy to the process of supporting and nominating exceptional student candidates for prestigious national awards. [ Read More ]
10.   Blair Big Band named best student jazz ensemble
    Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music has been recognized by “DownBeat” magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. The Blair Big Band was named best undergraduate large jazz ensemble. [ Read More ]
11.   Robinson to lead Office for Inclusive Excellence; Thomas-Hunt named Airbnb head of global diversity and belonging
    William H. Robinson, associate dean for academic success at the School of Engineering, will lead the Office for Inclusive Excellence as interim vice provost for strategic initiatives beginning June 1. Robinson takes on this new role following the departure of Melissa Thomas-Hunt, who has accepted a position with the executive team at Airbnb in San Francisco as their head of global diversity and belonging. [ Read More ]
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