Commencement 2009 had a stormy start, as thunder, lightning and a soaked Alumni Lawn and chairs drove the Class of 2009 into Memorial Gym. The house was packed, and the rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the graduating students and their families. News and photos can be found on the Vanderbilt homepage; a sample is below (Great job Jenny, Daniel, Steve & John!).
Kudos to the excellent Commencement team on another job very well done.
Congratulations, Class of 2009, and the very best of wishes for what comes next. You were a remarkable class and you will be remembered!
One of the pros behind the VU lens: John Russell
Bring on the strawberries and champagne!
After what seemed like endless days of rain, the clouds parted this Senior Class Day afternoon for soon-to-be-alumni and their families and friends enjoying Vanderbilt and Nashville as they prepare for Commencement. The festivities are going splendidly, from the always-rockin’ The PARTY, held last night with The Al McKay Allstars who played the happy music of Earth, Wind & Fire, to an excellent Senior Day speech today by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitizer Prize winning author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Many events and parties going on all day and tomorrow, with the big ceremony taking place at 9 a.m. on Alumni Lawn (hopefully! If the weather refuses to cooperate, we’ll be in Memorial Gym). Get the full schedule.
We’re tweeting all this of course and hope you will too – tag all your Vanderbilt Commencement tweets with #VU2009, and go here to see what’s going on so far.
Photos below by our stellar photographers of The PARTY and Senior Day. Hold onto your hats for tomorrow – they’re planning a fantastic shot using Gigapan. Check the Commencement site for that tomorrow, as well.
Vice Chancellor David Williams at The PARTY
Al McKay at The PARTY
Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos addresses the class of 2009 during Senior Day.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about her life as a historian during Senior Day.
The crowd at Senior Day.