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U.Va. Alumni to Speak During Finals Weekend

Graduation Events Set For May 19-20 At The University Of Virginia

April 5, 2001--

  • WHAT: Final Exercises at the University of Virginia
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.; Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: The Lawn at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville

The University of Virginia's 172nd graduation ceremony will begin Sunday, May 20, with the traditional academic procession from the Rotunda at 10 a.m.

Dr. Francis S. Collins, the physician-geneticist who heads the international Human Genome Research Project, will deliver the commencement address.

A 1970 graduate of the University and director of the National Institute of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute, Collins oversees the three-year, publicly funded research effort to map and sequence the human DNA genetic code, a project called the most important scientific undertaking of our era.

Timothy A. Koogle, chairman of Yahoo, a world leader in Internet communications, will be the keynote speaker at Saturday's Valedictory Exercises at 11 a.m. Koogle graduated at the top of his engineering class at U.Va. in 1973. The ceremony will include announcements of some of the University's most prestigious awards.

More than 5,600 graduate, undergraduate and professional students are expected to receive diplomas at Sunday's Finals Exercises. More than 35,000 people are expected to attend.

Finals can be viewed live online at: http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/webcast.html

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

For more information, call A. Pamela Higgins, director of major of events at (804) 982-3099 or visit http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents on the World Wide Web.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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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