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Life After Vanderbilt Guide

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Class of 2022,

Congratulations on your forthcoming graduation from Vanderbilt University. Commence- ment ceremonies honor your personal accomplishments and provide an opportunity to celebrate with your families and friends—it’s a well-deserved recognition of your academic achievement, and it marks the beginning of the next exciting phase of your life.

While you may not realize it, you're already a member of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. We are excited to welcome you, and have you join the more than 140,000 alumni around the world who have already transitioned to "life after college." We have a vested interest in your success, too. You see, the more successful you become, the more valuable our Vanderbilt degree becomes. Many alumni have contributed useful tips and helpful advice for post–graduation success in this book. Please accept this “Life After Vanderbilt” guide as a gift from your Alumni Association. One day soon you may have tips of your own to add!

The Alumni Association plays an active role in the life of the university and its alumni, and I hope you’ll take advantage of the many opportunities it offers to extend and deepen your lifelong relationship with Vanderbilt, including:

  • There are Vanderbilt chapters in more than 40 cities across the S. and around the world, so be sure to check in and sign up in your next location. Chapters are a great way to plug into the alumni network in your city. Update your home and email address in VUconnect to receive invitations for game–watching parties, happy hours, networking, community service, wine tastings, tailgates and educational events with professors and alumni.
  • Register on —it’s a great way to keep in touch and network with alumni worldwide as you move into the world of work, volunteer service, or further education. It also ensures you’ll receive regular updates via the alumni e-newsletter.
  • Become an Alumni CoRPs Interviewer to help recruit new students, volunteer to create chapter events, or help with your class Reunion
  • Explore our new alumni career resources where you’ll find job postings, a resume/ cover letter/interview preparation program, career coaching, webinars, and mor Also check out the official Vanderbilt Alumni LinkedIn group.

However you choose, stay connected —you’re the living brand of Vanderbilt, and your fellow Commodores are proud of your achievement. You now join the global Vanderbilt alumni network in 141 countries around the world. Whether you’re studying, traveling, looking for work, or finding friends in a new city…think Vanderbilt, because we’re there. Think Vanderbilt for life!


Dan Lovinger, BA’87

President, Vandersbilt Alumni Association