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U.Va. Graduation 2000 Tidbits

May 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.

In 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.

There will be eleven sets of twins graduating. Nine are in-state students.

A 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.

There are 431 international students in the graduating class.

For Graduation Weekend at the University, 39,000 chairs are set up on the Lawn and around Grounds by some 130 Facilities Management employees.

On 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.

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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