Graduate student passes away

Yao volunteered with students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.


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Jessica M. Barker, News Editor

Graduate student Ruonan Yao passed away this morning after being struck by a vehicle crossing West End Avenue on the afternoon of June 16, according to an email sent from Associate Provost and Dean of Students Mark Bandas.

The email further states that Yao was in her second year of study in Human Development Counseling and was preparing to be a school counselor. Yao also volunteered with students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and was involved in the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association, Peabody MAZE Chapter and Iris Journal of Scholarship.

From Guangzhou, China, Yao completed her undergraduate degree at Sun Yat-Sen University. She moved to Nashville for her Peabody Masters degree.

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