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Alfred BerkeleyU.Va. Readies For 171st Graduation

May 11, 2000 -- Note to Reporters: For press credentials, contact Penney Catlett at (804) 924-7620. For information about traffic and safety, call U.Va. chief of police Michael Sheffield at (804) 924-8837.

More than 30,000 people are expected on the Lawn at the University of Virginia to attend Final Exercises on Sunday, May 21. Alfred R. Berkeley III, president of the Nasdaq stock market, will be the speaker.

Following the academic procession, which begins at 10 a.m., Berkeley, a 1966 graduate of U.Va.'s College of Arts and Sciences, will deliver the commencement address to about 5,362 students and their families and guests.

Berkeley became president of Nasdaq, the world’s first electronic-based stock market, in 1996. With an emphasis on technology, it has become the country's second-largest stock market.

To help ease the crowding and to provide seating for some guests without tickets to seats on the Lawn, University officials have arranged for up to 1,400 people to view the ceremony from four air-conditioned auditoriums.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. in handicapped-accessible locations at Newcomb Hall Theatre, the Chemistry auditorium and two auditoriums in Gilmer Hall.

On Saturday, May 20, Andy Rooney, Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent, author and columnist, will be the keynote speaker at U.Va.'s Valedictory Exercises. The program begins at 11 a.m.

Organized by the Class of 2000, the Saturday ceremony will include announcements of some of the University's most prestigious awards, presentation of the class gift, and a talk by Rooney, who is currently in his 22nd season with CBS News' "60 Minutes."

Sunday's Final Exercises also may be viewed live on the World Wide Web. Visit http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/webcast.html for more information.

For more information about Finals Exercises, call the Office of Major Events at (804) 982-3099, or visit the graduation information Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents

In case of severe inclement weather, Berkeley will speak at University Hall at the Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony. If the weather is questionable, call the graduation information line at (804) 982-2908.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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