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Graduation 2003

Graduation 2003

The University’s 174th graduation ceremony will be held May 18, beginning with the traditional procession from the Rotunda down the Lawn at 10 a.m.

Mortimer Caplin, alumnus and former U.Va. Board of Visitors member, will deliver the commencement address to an expected crowd of some 30,000 people.

Following the Lawn ceremony, the graduates will receive their diplomas in separate ceremonies organized by each of U.Va.’s 10 schools at various locations around Grounds.

FBI director Robert S. Mueller will speak at the Law School graduation.

Dr. L. D. Britt, professor and chairman of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, will give Saturday’s valedictory address at 11 a.m. on the Lawn. Graduating students will be recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments.

At the 3 p.m. Commissioning Exercises for Army, Navy and Air Force candidates, Gen. Kelvin P. Byrnes will speak in Cabell Hall Auditorium. Gen. Byrnes is commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will host a reception for graduates and guests at Carr’s Hill from 12:30-2 p.m. (rain or shine).

The School of Nursing pinning ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on the Lawn (rain site: Cabell Hall Auditorium).


Public parking is unavailable throughout the Central Grounds over graduation weekend. Therefore, degree candidates and guests are urged to park at University Hall and use the free bus service that will run continuously to the Lawn area, starting at 7 a.m. Bus service will continue until the diploma ceremonies conclude.
Parking is also available at Scott Stadium, the Medical Center parking garages and the Central Grounds parking garage, which has limited spaces available at hourly rates, but no shuttle service is provided to or from these locations.

On Saturday, bus service will run from University Hall to the Central Grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Remote viewing
A live broadcast of the Lawn ceremony will be shown on large projection screens at Gilmer Hall Auditoriums, Newcomb Hall Theater (closed caption) and Ballroom, Ruffner Hall Auditorium (closed caption) and the Chemistry Building Auditorium. If the inclement weather plan is followed, viewing of the University Hall ceremony will be available only in Newcomb Hall Theater and the Chemistry Building Auditorium. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required. The ceremony also will be web-cast live at events.

Inclement Weather
The inclement weather plan will be used only in case of thunder, lightning, high winds or other conditions that make it unsafe to hold ceremonies outside. Rain alone does not constitute inclement weather. Announcements will be made by 8 a.m. on local radio stations and U.Va.’s home page, Call 924-7669 or the graduation information line, 982-2908.

Disabilities services
Signs designating accessible routes to the Lawn will be posted. Individuals using wheelchairs and one companion may sit in the designated area in front of Cocke Hall. The services of a sign interpreter will be available.


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