‘A Living, Breathing Graduation’: How These Alums Recall Their Final Exercises

May 15, 2018

How should the University of Virginia’s Class of 2018 prepare for their historic walk down the Lawn this weekend?

UVA Today asked graduates from the classes of 1974 to 2008 and in between to think back to their own Final Exercises, when they proudly marched down the Lawn to collect their “honor of honors,” a degree from Thomas Jefferson’s University.

That question brought out old VCR videos, photo albums, poignant memories and sweet smiles.

“I think graduation puts your years here in focus; to think about what you’ve done and to realize what it means for your future,” said Larry Sabato, politics professor and a member of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Class of 1974.

“When you are walking down the Lawn, take it all in; really engage with that experience. See those smiles. Be aware of those joys. Even the freshly cut grass,” said Randy Jones, a “triple ’Hoo” and associate professor in the School of Nursing. “Embrace all of that.”

Watch this video to learn what else to embrace at UVA’s 189th Final Exercises, to be held this weekend.

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