Vanderbilt University will hold its annual Commencement ceremony Friday, May 9 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Alumni Lawn. The class of seniors accomplished quite a bit during their time on campus, including winning five SEC team titles, participating in three bowl games, a College World Series and qualifying for numerous NCAA postseason championships. Additionally, the team set school records and corralled All-SEC and All-America accolades. Off the field, the group dedicated countless hours in the community and were also leaders in the classroom.
Before the seniors walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, learn more about members of the Class of 2014 by reading about their future plans and favorite memories. The graduation feature titled "Senior Memories" has become a tradition on VUCommodores.com, and provides readers an opportunity to learn more about the seniors they cheered for the last four years.
Plans for next year: To keep my dream of being a professional athlete in the NFL. But understanding that there is an expiration date on the life of a professional athlete and that the future is unpredictable, I plan to use my experience as a 2-time captain and teammate to step into the world of coaching with the intention of one day returning as the head coach of Vanderbilt University.
Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Walking my Grandfather (former student-athlete at Vanderbilt) around the campus taking him to my classes and seeing the pride and joy he had on his face as he knew his grandson was flourishing in the same environment that he had back in college.
Favorite professor: Professor Hamilton in Physics. Showed great pride in educating kids from this university with an infectious energy and teaching style.
In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Proud
Favorite place on campus: Offensive film room. Spent so much time there I might as well call it my favorite.
Favorite place in Nashville: McDougal's
What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Representing the tight cohesive community that Vanderbilt has. I have attended three different colleges and the incredible job Vanderbilt does with acclimating you with your peers of all different backgrounds, and being a representative for something so special,is what I will remember forever.
Plans for next year: I have a few options to work here in Nashville starting in June
Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Clinching our win over UT in the Round of 32 of NCAAs in 2011
Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Spending Thanksgiving break with both tennis teams in South Africa my freshman year
In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unreal
Favorite place on campus: Locker Room
Favorite place in Nashville: I really love East Nashville and all of its trendy little restaurants, particularly Marche
What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: As much as it is exhausting to balance academics and tennis, I'm going to miss the student-athlete lifestyle. I'm going to miss eating in McGugin with my teammates, traveling on the weekends and competing in dual matches. I'm also going to miss being able to see and hang out with my friends so easily/accessibly since we are all in such close quarters on campus.
Degree: Medicine, Health and Society; Minor in Child Development
Plans for next year: I plan to travel when my season is over and eventually I plan to attend a Nursing School, but I am not quite sure where
Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Jumping the school record (6') and qualifying for the NCAA IndoorNational Championships my junior year
Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Too many to name, but basically all the times spent with my team off of the track
Favorite professor and/or class: MHS 220 - Narrative Medicine with Dr. A. Scott Pearson. He is an awesome, compassionate professor whose class is interesting and goes exactly along with my career choice.
In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Bittersweet
Favorite place on campus: Any of the main lawns (Alumni, Commons, Library) because I love sitting outside to do homework when it is nice out.
Favorite place in Nashville: Hillsboro Village for the great food and my favorite place to shop
What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The little family I've created with my friends, teammates, coaches, staff, etc.
Degree: Elementary Education and Child Studies; Minor in Religious Studies
Plans for next year: Missionary teacher in a second grade classroom at a Christian school in Bogota, Colombia.
Favorite athletic memories at Vanderbilt: Hosting Cross Country SECs my junior year out at Percy Warner was by far one of my favorite races.Our team ran well and I was able to enjoy one of my best races with friends and family at the course! Another favorite memory is every year when finals roll around in the winter and we have the annual holiday party with local elementary school kids in Nashville. And just one more: I couldn't forget this past summer when I had the opportunity to travel with Soles4Souls and Vanderbilt athletics to Tanzania, Africa. We were able to love on all these African children and come together as one Vanderbilt team, not just our individual sports.
Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Peru WhoUWith Mission Trip was by far one of my favorite memories at Vanderbilt. It was an amazing week, in which I was able to serve abroad and grow stronger in my faith with some of my closest friends at school. Also, who doesn't love football games supporting our `Dores?
Favorite class: Hard to pick just one. A few favorite classes include: Spanish, Global Int. of Christian Scripture, and Exploring Lit for Children.
In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unbelievable
Favorite place on campus: WhoUWith ministry house and Peabody Lawn with friends
Favorite places in Nashville: Percy Warner Park, Jeni's Ice Cream
What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Hands down: the people. The people on this campus have meant so much to me. I will miss talking with friends, exploring Nashville, and meeting new people.