Graduation 2000 Tidbits
18, 2000 -- About 30,000 people, including family
and friends of the University of Virginia's 2000 graduation class,
are expected to fill the historic Lawn for Final Exercises at 10
a.m. on Sunday, May 21, weather permitting.
About 1,400 guests will be able to watch a live broadcast from four
remote locations: Newcomb Hall Theatre, Chemistry Auditorium, Gilmer
Hall 130, and Gilmer Hall 190.
case of bad weather indoor sites have been prepared for diploma
ceremonies. There will be one main ceremony at University Hall for
the College of Arts and Sciences and its graduate school. Guests
without tickets can watch the ceremony at one of the four remote
locations. The last time ceremonies were rained out was in 1976.
5,362 degrees will be conferred during the 171st ceremony.
4,437 individuals will receive degrees: 2,888 undergraduate, 1,050,
graduate and 499 professional.
will be eleven sets of twins graduating. Nine are in-state students.
71-year-old, earning a graduate degree in architecture, is the oldest
student graduating. The youngest graduate is a 17-year-old student.
She is earning a bachelor's degree in English.
are 431 international students in the graduating class.
Graduation Weekend at the University, 39,000 chairs are set up on
the Lawn and around Grounds by some 130 Facilities Management employees.
Friday and Saturday, the Rotunda, the focal point of the Academical
Village, will be open until 6 p.m. daily. On Sunday, it will open
following diploma services scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629