Finals 2003 is stirring not only as a spectacle but also as
a celebration of scholarship, service and personal achievement.
Here are some facts about the people, the day and the University:
A total of 5,673 students are candidates to receive degrees, including
graduates from last August and January. Of those, 3,319 are undergraduates,
1,874 graduates and 480 first professional. Also, 580 are international
Five students are graduating with perfect cumulative grade-point
averages of 4.0 Lauren Elizabeth Celello (a fall
2002 degree recipient), Timothy Andrew Johnson, Heather Million
Layton, Janna Beth Swets Lind and Joanna James Mcelroy.
Twelve sets of twins will receive degrees, including Sarah
and Emily Beck, who both are receiving marketing and
management degrees from the McIntire School of Commerce, and Rachel
and Kristin Paccione, who both are Echols scholars
receiving degrees in interdisciplinary studies.
The oldest degree recipient is Charles B. Howard, who is
scheduled to receive his bachelor of arts degree in sociology
Sunday at the age of 63 years and 9 months. The youngest is Jennifer
Wolf, who received her bachelor of arts in biology last August
at the age of 18 years and 8 months. The youngest recipient this
spring is Daniel Rutherford, who will receive his bachelor
of arts in foreign affairs at the age of 19 years and 10 months.
Some 225 University employees prepared for Finals by setting up
38,000 chairs (including 19,500 on the Lawn), putting up 6,500
feet of roping, erecting 11 stages, preparing 15 different sound
systems and installing 12 ramps for people with disabilities.
Nine University graduates will be entering the Peace Corps, which
has recognized U.Va. as the top volunteer-producing university
in the nation among mid-size schools (enrollment between 5,000
and 15,000 students). In all, 727 U.Va. grads have served in the
Peace Corps, and more than 60 are currently in service.