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Senior Week: The Vanderbilt I know

Posted by on Monday, May 4, 2009 in Commencement, Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Allow me this interlude . . . The week is senior week here at Vanderbilt. Commencement activities start winding up on Wednesday, which by the way you can follow on Twitter.  There’s a story unfolding at this year’s graduation that reminds me why I love this time of year, and why Vandy is a special place to me.

It is an annual debate I hold with myself: which season is greater, Fall or Spring. Across the world, Fall takes no more majestic shape than on a college campus. While the rest of the world finds autumn as a winding down of the year, at college, it is a starting up of the academic season.

Spring is the true time of renewal, of new green leaves and fresh sprung flowers. Here, it is the time of commencement, a going forth into the world.  As many of you know, I have been at Vanderbilt going on three years now and have fallen in love with its charm. This week I have come across a story of a graduating senior that seems to encapsulate why I think Vandy is such a unique place.  It’s the story of graduating senior Kelly Finan, and her long and inspirational path to this week’s commencement.  It represents the Vanderbilt I have come to know and is well worth the time to read it.

Congratulations to Kelly and all graduating seniors on your own accomplishments going forth from Vanderbilt.

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  • Jules

    May 5th, 2009

    What an inspiring story! I have tears in my eyes as I write this. As a mom “trolling” this blog, I have only been looking for wait-list items, but I would encourage anyone who sees this entry to click on the link for graduating senior Kelly Finan and be encouraged about the strength of the Vanderbilt community.