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Vanderbilt University Service Awards

Service Guidelines

Vanderbilt University honors its employees’ years of dedication and service based upon two criteria - the employee’s Eligibility status and the employee’s Service Date.


An employee must be considered “Fully benefits-eligible” as defined below:

  • An employee whose appointment is to a regular faculty or staff position (a position with no currently- defined or anticipated position end date) or term position (a position with a defined term of six months or more) and who is regularly scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week (at least 75% of full time).

Additional details can be found in the Benefits Overview. 

Service Date

The employee’s Service Date is the date in which employees become fully benefits eligible based on the information above. 

Breaks in Service – Bridging

Bridging is the act of combining two separate periods of employment at Vanderbilt for the purpose of determining years of service for benefits purposes.  Benefits can be bridged and the employee will retain the service date in effect during the previous employment period if an employee meets the following two criteria:

 1) Completed at least two consecutive years of service in a regular or term position immediately prior to the last separation (working a temporary position at Vanderbilt does not count) and

2) Must have returned to a regular or term position in less than one year from the time of separation. Temporary positions are not counted.

Additional Service Date details can be found under Benefits Information.

Currently Vanderbilt honors employees with recognition at 5 year increments (5, 10, 15).  Those employees celebrating 20 years and up are also recognized at the Annual Service Award Ceremony.


Service Awards Ceremony

Service Awards Ceremony honoring employees who reached their lustrum anniversary in 2017 will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

The Service Award Celebration honors Vanderbilt employees’ years of service to the organization. For 2016, employees celebrating 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 60 years of service were recognized.

Watch this year's ceremony: 


Honorees: You can download pictures from this year's ceremony here. Browse the gallery to find the photo(s) you want, and then click the download icon in the lower right. 

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