Host of U.Va. Grads Choose Service to Community and Country

Graduates waving from their lawn seats

U.Va. Finals 2013

Among the University of Virginia’s outstanding graduates who will walk down the historic Lawn May 18, many will carry their skills and college experiences to serve in the military or to help underserved communities at home and around the globe.

The sample featured here shows students whose stories reflect the University’s top initiatives – to cultivate student leaders who are prepared to advance knowledge through research, scholarship, creative arts and innovation wherever they go.

Ray Mabus, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, will deliver the graduation address May 18. The former governor of Mississippi and ambassador to Saudi Arabia will speak on the Lawn following the traditional academic procession.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, a five-time winner of the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player award and founder of a charitable organization that has donated more than $6.5 million in grants and programs to youth-based community organizations, will be the featured speaker at Valedictory Exercises on May 17.

Information on the University’s 185th Finals Weekend can be found here.

Profiles of the Class of 2014

Additional Coverage of Finals Weekend

Media Contact

Rebecca P. Arrington

Office of University Communications