Photos: A Look Around Grounds During the Final Weeks of the Spring Semester

Photos: A Look Around Grounds During the Final Weeks of the Spring Semester


Papers are turned in, exams are through and students are moving out – this time in small, socially distant groups with assigned time slots.

University of Virginia faculty and staff members are preparing to host a virtual celebration and degree conferral on Saturday at 1 p.m., honoring the Class of 2020 in the only way possible right now.

The University is also making plans for an in-person Final Exercises ceremony at a later date, which could help restore some sense of closure to a very abnormal year.

In the meantime, University photographer Sanjay Suchak uses his camera to bring you back to Grounds, sharing some of his favorite images from the past few weeks.

Take a look.

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The American Red Cross held a blood drive at John Paul Jones Arena in late April in an effort to replenish blood supplies that have dwindled since the pandemic’s onset.

Dr. Chris Ghaemmaghami, a professor of emergency and internal medicine and a senior adviser to UVA’s executive vice president for health affairs, has his temperature taken by Red Cross employee Terry Atwater before he is allowed to donate blood.

Graduates of the School of Nursing held a virtual award ceremony via Zoom, one of many virtual celebrations honoring this year’s graduates. The nursing graduates heard from Dean Pam Cipriano as well as several faculty members.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the entire University community can join a virtual celebration and degree conferral honoring the Class of 2020.

Employees at the Observatory Hill Dining Facility prepare food to be picked up by their furloughed colleagues. Aramark employees there have been working to serve the remaining students on Grounds, but they’ve also been preparing meals for their colleagues furloughed by the contractor.

The University has established an Emergency Assistance Fund intended to help furloughed contract workers and UVA employees facing unexpected costs as a result of the pandemic.

Newspapers pile up to at the entrance to the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, now closed to students.

CavMan made a few socially distant Mother’s Day visits to several UVA alumni, as well as residents of the Commonwealth Senior Living community in Charlottesville.

His visits boosted the morale of many mothers who could not be with their families this Mother’s Day.

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Warm weather brought several people out to the Lawn, with reminders about social distancing in place.

School of Continuing and Professional Studies professor Charlotte Matthews participates in a Zoom read-through in preparation for a virtual reading from her home office in Crozet. Matthews, herself a successful memoir author, teaches memoir writing and invited students to share their work virtually.

Director for Rotunda Operations and Events Adam Stubits moves a barricade to close off the steps to the Rotunda in preparation for filming part of the virtual celebration and degree conferral, which will be held Saturday.

The local squirrels would like to thank Bodo’s Bagels for continuing with to-go orders during the pandemic.

President Jim Ryan records an address for the virtual celebration, dressed in full academic regalia and standing on the portico of the Rotunda. 

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Sanjay Suchak

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