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Public Service Announcement / Graduation At U.Va.

May 16, 2005 -- Some 30,000 people are expected at the University of Virginia for Final Exercises this weekend, May 21 and 22, 2005.  Listed below is parking and bus schedule information.

WEEKEND PARKING

Free parking will be available at the Emmet/Ivy parking garage (near the Cavalier Inn) beginning on Friday morning, May 20, and continuing throughout the weekend. The Central Grounds parking garage, on Emmet Street below the U.Va. Bookstore, will offer limited spaces available at an hourly rate.  Bus service will be unavailable at these locations.

SATURDAY, MAY 21

To accommodate graduates and guests to valedictory ceremonies, bus service will run from University Hall and Scott Stadium to the Central Grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 22

Public parking on Central Grounds will be suspended on Sunday, May 22. Graduates and guests attending Sunday's ceremonies are urged to park at Scott Stadium and University Hall and take the free shuttle to the Lawn area. Bus service will begin at 7 a.m. and run continuously throughout the day. Prior to the Lawn ceremony, buses will stop on McCormick Road near the University Chapel. After the exercises, buses will run from the Chapel to University Hall and Scott Stadium with a stop at Culbreth Theatre.

For guests attending diploma ceremonies near the Chemistry Building, Gilmer Hall, Kent House Lawn, Thornton Hall, and buildings in that vicinity, bus service will be available from McCormick Road near the McCormick Road residence area to University Hall and Scott Stadium beginning at noon.

For people attending diploma ceremonies at North Grounds - the Darden School, Law School and North Grounds Recreation Center - buses will run from University Hall until the diploma ceremonies conclude at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Contacts: Carolyn M. Dillard, (434) 924-7550  or Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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