Readies For 171st Graduation
11, 2000 -- Note
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.
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
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
became president of Nasdaq, the worlds first electronic-based
stock market, in 1996. With an emphasis on technology, it has become
the country's second-largest stock market.
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
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.
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.
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."
Final Exercises also may be viewed live on the World Wide Web. Visit
for more information.
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
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.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629