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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 1st

Check-in and New Registration

  • 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room
  • Make the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room your first stop! Name tags, the weekend schedule, parking information, and more will be available. Check-in closes promptly at 6 p.m. and reopens at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Note: Name tags are required for entry into all Family Weekend events.

Information Tables at Registration in the Student Life Center Ballroom

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Some campus partners will only be available for a portion of the day.

  • Career Center
  • Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
  • Center for Student Wellbeing
  • Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
  • Next Steps at Vanderbilt
  • Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Life
  • Office of Religious Life
  • The Wond’ry: Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center
  • Vanderbilt Business
  • Vanderbilt Travel Program
  • Vanderbilt University Athletics

Various Campus Tours

Architectural Tours

  • 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Tour length: 45 minutes
  • Led by Megan Sarget, Campus Planning manager
  • Depart from Fleming Yard (the Rand terrace facing towards Wilson Hall)
  • THIS TOUR HAS REACHED CAPACITY

Botanical and Arboretum Tours

  • 11 a.m., noon
  • Tour length: 60 minutes
  • Led by campus biologist Steven Baskauf and university landscape architect James Moore
  • Depart from Fleming Yard (the Rand terrace, Alumni Lawn side)
  • THIS TOUR HAS REACHED CAPACITY

Historical Tour

  • 1 p.m.
  • Tour length: 60 minutes
  • Led by Kathy Smith, University Archivist
  • Depart from the front steps of Kirkland Hall
  • THIS TOUR HAS REACHED CAPACITY

Pre-registration was required for the various campus tours and unfortunately, the tours have now reached full capacity. Thank you for your understanding.


The Wond’ry: Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center Meet and Greet

  • 1–2 p.m.
  • 2415 Garland Ave, on the sidewalk outside The Wond’ry, facing the Student Life Center
  • Come meet the Wond’ry team and some of its most exciting innovators during this meet and greet. The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, is a space designed to inspire and the home for creative collisions where all of Vanderbilt’s 10 schools and colleges gather. Learn about the resources available to the Vanderbilt community to foster making, design thinking, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Vanderbilt Business® Meet and Greet

  • 1–3:30 p.m.
  • Tent on Library Lawn (in front of the Central Library, near Sarratt Student Center & Rand Hall)
  • Discover what makes the Vanderbilt Business Experience unique! Join staff and students from the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Undergraduate Business Minor to learn more about programs designed to help students from all majors succeed in business. See how our comprehensive approach to business education sets graduates up for long-term success. Drop by to enjoy refreshments, games, giveaways and a chance to connect one-on-one with representatives from each program.

Conversation with the Chancellor with special guests, The Vanderbilt Melodores

  • 3–4 p.m.
  • Alumni Lawn
  • Join Chancellor Daniel Diermeier for a conversation about the university with opportunities to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of Vanderbilt’s priorities.
  • The Vanderbilt Melodores, former champions of NBC’s The Sing-Off, will open the event with a special performance.

Additional seating will be available in Sarratt Cinema.

This event will be recorded for on-demand viewing following the weekend.


Support and Resources for First-Generation College Students at Vanderbilt

  • 4:45–5:45 p.m.
  • Alumni Lawn (following the Conversation with the Chancellor)
  • Network First Gen invites families of first-generation college students to a conversation on Alumni Lawn to learn about how Vanderbilt provides support and resources for students at Vanderbilt who may be the first in their families to attend college.

Fall for the Arts on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

  • 5–8 p.m.
  • Wyatt Lawn
  • Join us for an outdoor festival of the arts, including an evening of student performances, interactions with local vendors, and opportunities to explore your creative abilities with arts and crafts. The celebration boasts a mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu designed to highlight the colorful flavors of fall. The festival brings the “creative campus” to life with a special program, including musical and dance performances from the main stage. This event has something for the whole family.

Vanderbilt Hillel Open House and Shabbat Dinner 

  • 5:30 p.m. 
  • Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life2421 Vanderbilt Place 
  • Join Vanderbilt Hillel for an open house reception in celebration of Shabbat. Services begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Family Open House  

  • 5:30–7:30 p.m.  
  • 4000 Newman Place, Nashville, TN 37204 
  • The Reformed University Fellowship open house is a wonderful time to meet other families and see how this ministry engages with students and the campus. Speakers will include a student, parent and Affiliated Chaplain Richie Sessions. Learn more at ruf.org/vandy or by contacting Richie Sessions at richie.sessions@ruf.org. 

Chabad of Vanderbilt Shabbat Service and Dinner 

  • 6 p.m. 
  • Center for Spiritual and Religious Life at 401 24th Avenue South. – Courtyard
  • Join the Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt for Shabbat services at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. 

Saturday, October 2nd

Road Closure: Please be advised that 21st Ave will be closed between Wedgewood and Acklen Ave. on Oct. 2. This could impact travel to campus.

More Information


Check-in and New Registration Continues

  • 8:30 a.m.–noon
  • Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room
  • Stop by to pick up your Family Weekend materials. This includes a complete schedule, name tags, and other important information.
  • Note: Name tags are required for entry into all Family Weekend events.

Campus Tour

  • 11:00 a.m.
  • Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Tour length:  90 minutes
  • Student-led tour departs from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 2305 West End Ave. 

Pre-registration is required. Register here, and choose “student” to finish registration.


Pregame Tailgate

  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Field 2, 2700 Children’s Way
  • Enjoy food, music, games, and more! Mr. C and the Spirit of Gold Marching Band will make a special appearance. All are welcome to join, whether or not you attend the football game after.

Reminder: If you are parking in the West Garage near this location, be sure to have your name tag or registration confirmation ready to show the parking attendant for free parking.


Vanderbilt Hillel Tailgate

  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life
  • 2421 Vanderbilt Place 

Star Walk

  • 48 minutes before kickoff
  • Natchez Trace
  • Come cheer on the football team as they exit the practice field gates and proceed onto Natchez Trace to the stadium! The walk will be lead by both the band and the dance team. The path will have them march down Natchez Trace, turn down Jess Neely, then into the field tunnel.

Vanderbilt vs. UConn Football Game

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Come cheer the ’Dores on to victory! In compliance with the SEC, Vanderbilt Stadium has a clear bag policy for all home football games. See vucommodores.com/clearbag for details.

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Sunday, October 3rd

Farewell Breakfast

  • 9–11 a.m.
  • Field 2, 2700 Children’s Way
  • Breakfast with campus organizations, offices and other families before heading home!

Chabad of Vanderbilt Meet & Greet

  • 9–11 a.m.
  • Center for Spiritual and Religious Life at 401 24th Avenue South – Courtyard
  • Learn More

Hillel Bagel Brunch  

  • 10:00 a.m. 
  • Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life 
  • 2421 Vanderbilt Place 

The details of Family Weekend are subject to change at any time based on Vanderbilt University’s current Health and Safety Protocols. This includes event locations (indoor or outdoor), food and beverage offerings, masking requirements, and other physical distancing measures as required for the health and safety of the university community. Visit vu.edu/coronavirus for more information.

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