to hold 171st Final Exercises May 21
More than 30,000 people are expected on the Lawn to attend graduation,
which begins at 10 a.m. on May 21. Alfred R. Berkeley III, president
of the Nasdaq stock market, will be the commencement speaker.
the academic procession, Berkeley, a 1966 graduate of the College
of Arts & Sciences, will address about 5,360 students and
their families and guests.
became president of Nasdaq, the world's first electronic-based
stock market, in 1996. With an emphasis on technology, it has
become the country's second-largest stock market.
help ease the crowding and to provide seating for some guests
without tickets, U.Va. officials have arranged for up to 1,400
people to view the ceremony from four air-conditioned auditoriums.
Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
beginning at 8 a.m. in handicapped-accessible locations at Newcomb
Hall Theater, the Chemistry auditorium and two auditoriums in
May 20, Andy Rooney, Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent,
author and columnist, will be the keynote speaker at U.Va.'s Valedictory
Exercises. Organized by the Class of 2000, the 11 a.m. ceremony
will include announcements of some of the University's most prestigious
awards, presentation of the class gift, and a talk by Rooney,
who is currently in his 22nd season with CBS News' "60 Minutes."
Final Exercises also may be viewed live online at http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/webcast.html
information, call 982-3099, or visit the graduation Web site at
case of severe inclement weather, Berkeley will speak at University
Hall at the Arts & Sciences graduation ceremony. If the weather
is questionable, call 982-2908.