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Vanderbilt to Last

Vanderbilt visits MU for the 103rd anniversary of its first Homecoming.


The University of Missouri welcomes Vanderbilt University as its Homecoming opponent 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Memorial Stadium on the SEC Network. It is the 103rd anniversary of Mizzou’s first Homecoming, one of the oldest such celebrations in the country.

When it comes to brainy athletes, Vandy and Mizzou set the SEC standard in Academic Progress Rate. The schools are Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in the conference ranking of eligibility, graduation and retention among student‐athletes.

Here are some other fun facts to familiarize you with Saturday’s opponent.
Marcus Wilkins

Vanderbilt University

vanderbilt kirkland hall

Like Mizzou’s Academic Hall, Vanderbilt’s Kirkland Hall has in its history a devastating fire. Formerly called Old Main, the structure once featured twin towers until one burned in 1905.

Founded: 1873 (private)

Enrollment: 12,795 (undergraduate 6,835)

Chancellor: Nicholas S. Zeppos

Size: 234 buildings on 330 acres, main campus; 200‐plus degree programs through 10 schools and colleges; eight libraries; Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies; Freedom Forum First Amendment Center; and the Dyer Observatory

Pride: Vanderbilt is home to 120 research centers and institutes, including the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, and the National Center on School Choice.

Community: Nashville, Tennessee; population 634,464; state capital; located on the Cumberland River in the north‐central part of the state; nicknamed Music City; the fifth‐largest city in the Southeastern United States

vanderbilt mr. commodore

Vanderbilt’s Mr. Commodore holds two national titles for mascots: the 2003 National Cheerleaders Association championship and the 2005 Cheerleaders of America championship.

Colors: Black and gold

Mascot: Mr. Commodore

Nickname: Commodores

Did you know: Vanderbilt’s campus was designated as a national arboretum in 1988 by the Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, and approximately 190 species of trees and shrubs can be found on campus.

Campus treasures: A bicentennial oak tree facing Buttrick Hall predates the Revolutionary War, making it the oldest living thing on Vanderbilt’s campus.

Traditions: Founder’s Walk is an annual event when incoming freshmen walk through the gates of Vanderbilt to begin their undergraduate careers. Students walk out of the gates to symbolize the completion of their undergraduate years during the graduation procession.

vanderbilt campus

The Vanderbilt campus is designated as an arboretum, with more than 6,000 trees in the area.

Each Vanderbilt freshman class meets at the Honor Code Signing Ceremony, where every student of the class pledges their academic integrity and signs the code as a part of their first act together as a class.