by Jenny Gerow
space and parking lots were at a premium on Saturday as parents
helped their children move into the first-year dorms.
spending much of a hot summer Saturday moving their students into
first-year dorms, the weary parents of the Class of 2006 received
another warm welcome to the University community from U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III.
thanked the more than 400 who gathered in Old Cabell Hall late
Saturday afternoon for entrusting their children to U.Va., and
for the wonderful jobs they had done in raising them.
have sent us a remarkable class, Casteen said. This
is an extraordinarily well-prepared class. Eighty-four percent
of the class graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school
classes, 97 percent in the top 25 percent.
proceeded to give a statistical profile of the incoming class:
first-year women check out the view from their dorm windows.
50 percent scored between 1,210 and 1,400 on their SATs.
Four students scored perfect 1,600s.
46 states, plus the District of Columbia, and 58 countries are
66.5 percent are Virginia residents, 33.5 percent are from out
55.1 percent are women, 44.9 percent are men.
9.7 percent are African American.
9.5 percent are Asian American.
3.1 percent are Hispanic.
0.03 percent are Native American.
4.9 percent are international.
warned parents that they might have some difficulties letting
go over the coming days and months, but advised that it was a
natural process, one in which their children would learn and grow
in new ways. He encouraged parents to stand back and let
your children make their own decisions and their own mistakes.
students job for the next four years is to not only get
a college degree, but to begin shaping a life.
volunteers greet incoming first-years.
asked that parents encourage their children to embrace the University
and all that it offers. The University belongs to them now
the extensive curriculum, the spectacular system of libraries,
the faculty, one of the great treasures of American education
and it is up to them how they use it.
also invited parents to return in October for Family
Weekend to experience University life by attending classes
with their children, getting to know the library and even
by eating at some of the favorite student haunts on the Corner.
want the next four years to be more than a good experience,
he said. We want it to be a great experience, a transformational
one, for our students. And we want you to share in it with us.
President John T. Casteen III addressed students on the Lawn
during First-year Convocation Sunday evening.