Back in the Day
One year’s photo of gowned Arts and Science graduates can appear like that of any other year—except for the hairstyles, shoes, glasses and of course, the statistics. Take a look at Commencement in past years as seen through the pages and lenses of campus media and photographers. (Facts and stats are from Commencement 2011.)
- 18,000 programs printed
- 43 faculty marshals used to organize graduates and faculty
- 75+ volunteers
- 27,550 chairs and 27 tents set up
- 18,000 bottled water containers for guests and graduates
- 300+ recycling containers
- 20,000 hand fans distributed
- Estimated 17,000–20,000 graduates, guests and faculty on Alumni Lawn
- In the 2010 ceremonies, a graduate’s name was called every 3.8 seconds (adding one second to each name would add 26 minutes to the event).
(1) Vanderbilt Alumnus, Vol. 45, No. 5, May–June 1960;
(2) Commencement program, 1932;
(3) Vanderbilt Magazine, summer 2008;
(4) Vanderbilt Today, Vol. 23, No. 1, summer 1983;
(5) Vanderbilt Today, Vol. 27, No. 3, summer 1988;
(6) Vanderbilt Register, Vol. 15, No. 31, May 6–19, 1996;
(7) Vanderbilt Alumnus, Vol. 26, No. 8, June 1941;
(8) Faculty Senate Chair Mildred Stahlman, professor of pediatrics; Chancellor Alexander Heard; Board of Trust President Sam Fleming and former Board President William Vaughn, 1975;
(9) Awarding of Arts and Science degrees, Commencement 2010.
photo credit: Images reproduced courtesy of Vanderiblt University Special Collections and Archives. Statistics courtesy of the Commencement Office.