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Dear fellow Commodores,

Vanderbilt has made the difficult decision to postpone Reunion 2020 until the fall of 2021.

We understand that this news is disappointing, and want to assure you that the university arrived at this conclusion only after much conversation and consultation with public health experts and university leaders. As much as we were looking forward to being together on campus, our primary goal must remain focused on protecting the health and safety of our fellow Vanderbilt alumni and their families, as well as our university’s students, faculty and staff. Like you, we were excited to connect with one another, but we also support and understand the decision to make the health and safety of the entire Vanderbilt community a top priority.

While the world has changed dramatically in the past few months, our proud Commodore spirit endures. At this moment in particular, we encourage you to stay connected—or re-connect—with former classmates and friends, whether online or in some other way. If you’d like to plan a Mini Reunion, the Vanderbilt Reunion staff would be happy to help; you can email reunion@vanderbilt.edu for more information. In addition, and if you have not done so already, we encourage you to add your page to the virtual class book— another great way for us to stay engaged with one another during this unusual time.

The university has started the process of identifying a new date for Reunion, which we look forward to announcing in the fall. Currently, Vanderbilt plans to host a combined celebration event for all alumni whose Reunion years falls in 2020 or 2021. Given this expanded community of alumni, it is sure to be one of the most memorable Reunions ever! We also plan to reach out to our fellow alumni for input as we plan these festivities to be meaningful and unique.

To assist with your travel and planning, the university will reach out to our lodging and hospitality partners to make them aware that this year’s Reunion has been moved to 2021.

There is no denying that this is an unprecedented moment in our world and for Vanderbilt. Like many of you, we have supported the Student Hardship Fund to make a difference for students during this difficult time. Many of you have also participated in webinars and other virtual events that strengthen our ties to the university. We all have an important role to play, and perhaps now, more than ever, it’s important to stay united as Commodores as we work toward building a greater Vanderbilt.

We look forward to seeing you all at Reunion 2021!

Karen (BS’80) and Bill (BA’80) Fesmire
Reunion 2020 General Chairs