Diermeier Urges Class of 2022 to Go Forward With courage, ‘Dare to Grow’

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Nashville, Tenn.–Chancellor Daniel Diermeier congratulated the Class of 2022 for their “persistence, patience and above all, courage” during the past four years when he delivered his Commencement address at Vanderbilt Stadium on May 13.An estimated 14,000 guests joined graduates of the university’s 147th class during an in-person main ceremony that was livestreamed on Vanderbilt’s website. “In many ways, your Vanderbilt experience was marked by a before and an after,” Diermeier said. “The global pandemic forever changed how we work, learn and live. But it also changed us. It made us question our priorities and routines. And we also discovered new strength and our ability to take on and conquer grave challenges.” Diermeier noted that Vanderbilt was built during another difficult time, the nation’s recovery from the Civil War. Cornelius Vanderbilt, with influence from his Southern wife, Frank Armstrong Vanderbilt, acted boldly by endowing a new university to help heal a fractured region and country. “Today we are emboldened by a new ambition. Not to simply build a ‘great university of the South’—but to build the great university of the 21st century,” Diermeier said. “This ambition is consistent with our motto—Crescere aude, or ‘dare to grow’—a motto I hope each of...