Class of 2014 Announcements
Finals Weekend May 17-18, 2014
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to Give Commencement Address
Ray Mabus, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy will deliver the commencement address at the University's 185th Final Exercises ceremony on Sunday, May 18. The former governor of Mississippi and ambassador to Saudi Arabia will speak on the Lawn following the traditional academic procession.
“Secretary Mabus provides a great example of national leadership and commitment to service for our graduating students,” U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan said. “All of us in the University community are looking forward to welcoming Secretary Mabus to Charlottesville and hearing his remarks.” “I am honored to have the opportunity to address the Class of 2014 and congratulate them for their years of hard work,” Mabus said. “The principles of service and dedication to the search for knowledge learned at the University of Virginia will serve as a foundation for their success in life, and inspire them to be part of something larger than themselves. (more)
Peyton Manning to Give Valedictory Address
Peyton Manning has led his team to a Super Bowl championship, has been named the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player a record four times, is sure to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has hosted “Saturday Night Live.”
On May 17, however, he’ll add something unique to his list of accomplishments: He will be the featured speaker at the University of Virginia’s 2014 Valedictory Exercises. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on the Lawn.
Part of the Finals Weekend festivities, Valedictory Exercises is the ceremony at which the Class of 2014 will celebrate its time at the University and present the class gift and University awards. (more)
Housing During Finals Weekend
The University offers convenient on-Grounds housing for guests attending Finals Weekend 2014. Guests will stay in air-conditioned hall-style accommodations. Reservations must be made by the graduating student. For more information, contact Conference Services at 434-924-4479 or visit their website. Limited space is available. Registration is now open.
For information on area hotels and room availability, please visit the Charlottesville/ Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A list of local hotels can also be found here.