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May 22, 2006
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Adventure, Discovery, Surprise Mark Final Exercises

Jessica C. Fowler (left) and Alexander W. Stolar (center), and  V. Shamim Sisson CALLING THE CEREMONY the University's "most joyful occasion," President John T. Casteen III conferred degrees on more than 6,000 graduates of the University of Virgina at Sunday's Final Exercises, held under cloudless skies on the historic Lawn. In his remarks to the Class of 2006, Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine urged graduates to embrace "the simple and enduring beauty of adventure, discovery and surprise," and to be adventurers in the spirit of Captain John Smith and Lewis & Clark. Full story and complete coverage of Final Exercises and the Class of 2006.

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U.Va. Alumnus Wins $10,000 Poetry Prize

Davis McCombs’ manuscript “Dismal Rock” recently won the 2005 Dorset Prize of $10,000, the largest cash prize in the United States for an unpublished book of poetry. The prize also includes publication of the manuscript in fall 2007. McCombs was a Henry Hoyns Fellow while he earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. McCombs teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arkansas. Full story.

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U.Va. Law Students Help Wrongfully Convicted Death  Row Inmate Earl Washington Win Civil Suit

Earl Washington Jr. sat on death row for nine years, coming within nine days of execution after being wrongfully convicted due to a false confession. With the help of University of Virginia law students Kate Stanley (left) and Meredith Horton (right), Washington, one of 175 people nationwide to be exonerated through postconviction DNA testing, was awarded $2.25 million by a federal circuit court in Charlottesville, the first-ever verdict quantifying damages for pain and suffering caused by being on death row wrongfully. Washington’s trial offered law students a true-life example of what can go wrong — and right — in the American legal system. Full story.

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Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
U.Va. Unveils Schematic Design for South Lawn Project
U.Va. Leads Public Universities with Highest African-American Graduation Rate for 12th Straight Year
Web Calendar   America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power and the Neoconservative Legacy
11 a.m., Miller Center of Public Affairs, 2201 Old Ivy Rd. • Speaker: Francis Fukuyama, Johns Hopkins Univ. • Information: 924-7236.

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