The Universitys 174th graduation ceremony will be held
May 18, beginning with the traditional procession from the Rotunda
down the Lawn at 10 a.m.
Caplin, alumnus and former U.Va. Board of Visitors member, will
deliver the commencement address to an expected crowd of some
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.
director Robert S. Mueller will speak at the Law School graduation.
L. D. Britt, professor and chairman of surgery at Eastern Virginia
Medical School, will give Saturdays valedictory address
at 11 a.m. on the Lawn. Graduating students will be recognized
for outstanding academic accomplishments.
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
President John T. Casteen III will host a reception for graduates
and guests at Carrs Hill from 12:30-2 p.m. (rain or shine).
School of Nursing pinning ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on
the Lawn (rain site: Cabell Hall Auditorium).
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.
Saturday, bus service will run from University Hall to the Central
Grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets
are required. The ceremony also will be web-cast live at www.virginia.edu/major
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, http://www.virginia.edu.
Call 924-7669 or the graduation information line, 982-2908.
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.