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U.Va.'S Final Exercises To Be Broadcast Live On Grounds

May 9, 2001-- Hundreds of visitors to the University of Virginia's Final Exercises on Sunday, May 20, will be able to watch the ceremony in air-conditioned comfort.

Last May, more than 25,000 people gathered on the U.Va. Lawn for graduation. To help ease the crowding and to provide additional seating for family members, the University will broadcast the outdoor ceremony from four handicapped-accessible auditoriums.

Each student receives three tickets for reserved seats on the Lawn. While a limited number of non-ticket holders can stand in an open area on the upper Lawn, that space increasingly has become overcrowded.

Seating at the four locations --- where the ceremony will air on large projection screens --- will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The locations are:

    • Newcomb Hall Theatre and Newcomb Hall Ballroom, located near the Central Grounds parking garage off Emmet Street. The theatre, on the first floor, accommodates 495 guests, and the third-floor ballroom has a seating capacity of 500.
    • Chemistry Building auditorium, located on McCormick Road, near Scott Stadium parking lots. The fourth floor auditorium has a seating capacity of 490.
    • Ruffner Hall auditorium, in the Curry School of Education, on Emmet Street. The basement floor auditorium seats 132 people.

All are located near shuttle bus stops. Doors will open at 8 a.m., and University staff will be available to provide information.

In case of extreme weather conditions forcing the outdoor ceremony to indoor locations, Newcomb Hall Theatre and the Chemistry Building auditorium will be the only sites available for viewing a broadcast.

Electronic viewing of Finals 2001 also will be available live on the World Wide Web. Visit http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/webcast.html for more information.

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

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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