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Important dates and
Registration for all summer school sessions
Students should register on YES
Rites of Spring Music Festival
A Vanderbilt tradition. Featured performers include Wiz Khalifa, MUTEMATH,
Sleigh Bells, Fitz and the Tantrums, Gloriana and Tyler Hilton. Visit the Rites of Spring website for more
information and a complete list of performers.
Spring classes end
April 24–May 3
Examinations and reading days
Unless registered to stay, all undergraduates must vacate their rooms by
9 a.m. To view the spring closing memo from the Housing office, click here.
Commencement 2012. For a complete schedule of events please visit the Commencement webpage. Festivities begin
Wednesday with The Party. Thursday is Senior Day featuring keynote speaker
Tom Brokaw. Friday morning, the Commencement ceremonies take place.
All residence halls close at 1 p.m.
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Housing and Residential Education
Student Health Center
Upcoming campus events
Maile Meloy Fiction Reading
Buttrick Hall 101
The Music of Stevie Wonder
$5 for Vanderbilt students with ID.
Student Life Center
Take a study break and enjoy free coffee and food!
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Nashville Earth Day
7 a.m. start
Country Music Marathon
Centennial Park to LP Field
A half and full marathon with more than 30,000 runners!
of Crafts Artists Fair
Sundays in May
Travel back to 16th century England with more than 60 skilled artisans,
food and drink and live music. Buy tickets online.
April's Most Frequently
Asked Question: Summer Storage
Limited summer storage space is available on campus
in university storage rooms on a
first-come, first-served basis. Luggage, footlockers, metal
garbage cans and refrigerators that have been properly defrosted are
accepted for storage, and each student may only store two personal items.
All items should be labeled with:
- Student name
- Date stored
residence hall and room
address and phone number
Storage rooms will be open from April 23 to April 25
from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Storage space is not
UPS Store Storage
While there are many storage facilities in Nashville, the UPS Store is
Vanderbilt's preferred vendor for shipping and storage. For student safety,
only UPS has the privilege to enter the residence halls for pick up or
delivery to students. Other moving vendors may not enter the building to
collect items; students will have to bring their items outside to meet
The UPS Store will come on campus, sell boxes and packing supplies, and
either ship boxes home or hold them in storage for fall delivery to
students. Visit the UPS student storage website for dates,
times and locations along with information about other UPS services. It is
the responsibility of the students to deliver their packed boxes to
specified areas for pick up, shipping or storage. For more information,
call (615) 327-0407.
A message for parents
of seniors: Vanderbilt class rings
Parents of graduating seniors: Congratulations on
this important milestone in your student's life. This May, your student
will graduate and join the worldwide Vanderbilt alumni community, carrying
on the Vanderbilt tradition of becoming leaders with integrity and
As an emblem of students' achievements, the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
is proud to offer official Vanderbilt University rings. These rings are
reserved exclusively for Vanderbilt students who have completed at least 60
credit hours and are in good standing with the university. Designed by a
group of Vanderbilt students, alumni and administrators, the rings are a
tangible connection to Vanderbilt's past, present and future.
The Vanderbilt ring representative from Balfour will be at the Vanderbilt
Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2525 West End Ave. during
Commencement activities, May 9–11.
Questions? Contact Christina
Barnes in Alumni Relations at (615) 322-2044 or visit the Balfour website.
provide valuable experience and connections
According to the 2011 Graduating Student Survey, 69 percent of seniors
had at least one internship and more than half had multiple internships by
the time they graduated.
Internships have become increasingly important for students to gain
valuable work experience, help clarify interests and develop professional
relationships that can help them in the future. In some industries,
internships may serve as pipelines to full-time employment after
The Vanderbilt Career Center internship webpage is a great starting
point for students looking for information on summer internships. Career
Center staff are available throughout the summer via email, phone and Skype to help students
identify opportunities, develop application materials, learn how to connect
with their networks and prepare for interviews.
For more information, visit the Career Center website or call (615) 322-2750.
The benefits of summer school
school's out for summer, there's a lot of celebrating. But when summer
means more school for your college student, there can be a lot of
complaining and a loss of motivation. Help your student think positively
and get the most out of summer school by keeping these things in mind.
By taking classes during the summer, students are able to knock out some
required courses, making them ready to jump into their major come fall
semester. For classes that students are less than thrilled about but need
to take, getting them out of the way during a summer semester can help.
Those classes can be more laid back and feel less demanding than during a
By not taking any breaks in schooling—even in summer—students will save
money. While students pay for classes and textbooks whether it's the
regular semester or summer school, they will save money in the long run.
Racking up credit hours helps students reach graduation requirements
faster, shaving off a semester or two of college and saving all the money
that goes along with that—living expenses, spending money, etc.
Many campuses clear out for summer and classes have fewer students, which
presents a unique opportunity to build community with peers and professors.
By jumping into the summer school camaraderie, students will build
friendships and establish relationships with classmates and professors for
For students who have failed a class or want to raise their GPA, summer
school is a great opportunity. After a summer of studying and going over
material, students can start the next semester with higher confidence and a
better foundation for more advanced classes.
Explore the options
To still have some benefits of summer, like living at home and seeing old
friends, students may be able to take classes at a nearby community
college, saving money on tuition and living expenses while still furthering
their education. At Vanderbilt, transfer credits must be approved in advance.
Visit the summer sessions website to learn more
about Vanderbilt's summer school options.
This article reprinted with permission of
University Parent Media.
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