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  9 things you need to know this week  
1.   Dr. Anthony Fauci opens Commencement celebrations for Class of 2021 today
    Vanderbilt University is honoring its Class of 2021 with a special weekend of Commencement celebrations May 14–16. All activities will observe campus health and safety protocols. Here’s what you need to know to guide you through the weekend. [ Read More ]
2.   Vanderbilt’s masking, physical distancing protocols remain in place for Commencement
    Vanderbilt University’s health and safety protocols remain in place and are unchanged for campus Commencement ceremonies May 15–16. All graduates, guests and other members of the Vanderbilt community attending Commencement must remain masked at all times on campus and must maintain physical distancing with those outside of their guest unit. [ Read More ]
3.   Mark Bandas named dean of students, emeritus
    Associate Provost and Dean of Students Mark Bandas will become dean of students, emeritus, effective May 17. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente recently announced the title and presented Bandas with a Lifetime Achievement Award. [ Read More ]
4.   Alumni couple McCartney and Jay Wilkins give $100,000 to Experience Vanderbilt 
    Grant Brown, president of Vanderbilt University’s Senior Class Fund, announced during the May 14 Graduates Day festivities that alumni couple McCartney Kay Wilkins, BS’01, and Jay Wilkins, BS’99, are doubling their initial gift to Experience Vanderbilt this year in honor of the Class of 2021. [ Read More ]
5.   Story Photo Vanderbilt student group strives to ‘move the needle’ on COVID-19 vaccinations
    A student-led group called the Vanderbilt Initiative for Public Health Equality is partnering with the Division of Administration to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy within the campus community. [ Read More ]
6.   Class of 2021: Impact of medical care comes full circle as preemie becomes future ob-gyn
    A tumultuous entrance into the world set Demetra Hypatia Hufnagel on a trajectory that would inspire her bright future and affect the futures of many young lives to come. [ Read More ]
7.   Class of 2021: Family bonds inspire biomedical engineering major to fight breast cancer through cellular research
    A series of family heartaches propelled Yoanna Ivanova to pursue cellular research tied to breast cancer. She credits her connections with fellow engineering majors in the Clark Scholars Program for creating positive experiences in and out of the lab. [ Read More ]
8.   Winners of top student art prizes named for 2021
    Senior Emily Kopec is the 2021 recipient of the $25,000 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, the Department of Art’s top student prize, and senior Cayla B. Mims is the recipient of the $10,000 Merit Award. [ Read More ]
9.   Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy to host book launch, talk with
Gov. Bill Haslam May 25
    The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy and Vanderbilt Divinity School will present a discussion on the role that religious faith plays in politics as explored in “Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square,” a new book by former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The virtual event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, from noon to 1 p.m. CT. [ Read More ]
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