WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

As UVA’s Final Exercises wrapped up, Charlottesville and Albemarle County vendors were feeling a positive impact from the surge of visitors that graduation brought to town.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

Students graduating in this year's class from UVA are getting their degrees after a rocky four years. From the disappearance and death of Hannah Graham, to the recent white nationalist violence from last summer, students faced a different challenge year after year. President Teresa Sullivan called this year's class 'resilient.'

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Teresa Sullivan strode to a podium at Old Cabell Hall, looked down at her notes and then beamed at her final crop of University of Virginia graduates. On Saturday, she focused not on her accomplishments as UVA’s first female president, but instead on the difficulties the University has faced the last four years and the students’ resilience in these challenging times.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress
Streaking The Lawn (blog)

On Friday, as all the festivities kicked off, the graduating fourth years had an opportunity to hear from Chris Long, one of UVA’s most impressive recent graduates, at the Valedictory Exercises. Long, who has helped the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl titles in back-to-back years, was a standout defender for the Virginia football team.

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The Real Deal

From 2000 to 2017, net migration to counties classified as retirement destinations increased 169 percent in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, compared to 67 percent nationwide, according to UVA demographer Hamilton Lombard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies a county as a retirement destination if net migration caused its 60-and-older population to grow at least 15 percent in a decade.

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Roanoke Times

(Commentary by Bob Gibson of UVA’s Cooper Center for Public Service) I bet you think the U.S. Supreme Court opened up some interesting possibilities, either dire or opportunistic, when the high court ruled May 14 that states are free to legalize sports gambling.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

When you’ve flown war-zone helicopter medevac missions and spent more than a year sailing the ocean, you’re pretty much equipped to handle most of life’s stress.

That includes starting medical school at the age of 36, less than two weeks after your first child’s birth. “I wouldn’t say it was easy because it hasn’t been easy,” said Dr. Patrick Marvil, who graduates Sunday from UVA’s School of Medicine.

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Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer

(Commentary) To overcome the perception of civic life as one extended shouting match, we need to elevate the good work happening all over the state. “There are a lot more positive narratives out there, but they’re lonely and disconnected,” says UVA professor Philip Zelikow. “It would make a difference to join them together as a chorus that has a melody.”

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Chris Long was sitting at his parents’ kitchen table in Albemarle County the night before his first day of classes at the University of Virginia when he logged into his university email for the first time. “It was magical,” he said during his keynote speech at UVA’s Valedictory Exercises on Friday. “I felt like I had opened a portal into a new dimension of knowledge and possibility. I could do anything I wanted.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

One of her memories of their time on the road, Rebecca Abdul said, is of her mother dodging soldiers, bombs and other fleeing refugees to help a woman give birth by the side of the road. Her mother had no formal midwife training, but was determined to help. Abdul said the long, arduous immigration process made her question American immigration laws, but helped her feel closer to her family and friends. After graduation, Abdul is considering working in Nashville, Tennessee, or Washington, D.C. Her mother will live with her, study English and, they hope, also become a nurse.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

UVA and UVA Foundation employees updated officials from the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County on demolition plans Wednesday and Thursday, and offered sweeping updates on the University’s plans to reshape Ivy and Emmet and the athletics grounds.

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C-VILLE Weekly

It’s never the right time to say goodbye, but loyal patrons of UVA’s iconic, clamshell-roofed venue with notoriously bad sound quality don’t have much longer – the dumping of more than 40 years’ worth of stuff from University Hall has begun, with a complete demolition scheduled by 2020. To help you grieve, here’s a look back at some of the basketball stadium and concert hall’s greatest – and not-so-great – hits.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

A UVA graduation tradition is turning controversial. Each year, students carry balloons throughout the commencement ceremony, but, this year, two UVA groups are calling on the grads to ditch the balloons.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Due to forecasted inclement weather, UVA’s Valedictory Exercises scheduled for Friday afternoon will move inside to the John Paul Jones Arena.

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

Trials are about to get under way for the first ever blood test that could confirm whether a person has had a concussion. Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and UVA are teaming up with a Virginia-based biotechnology company, known as the Virginia Catalyst, to test it.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

UVA is letting the Charlottesville and Albemarle County community know about its plans for University Hall. UVA architects presented the current plan to the Planning and Coordination Council Thursday. 

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Boston Herald

Boston Public Schools is working with UVA in a new three-year partnership to improve achievement at five elementary schools. The changes are part of the district’s reorganization efforts to create networks of elementary and secondary schools with the goal to support schools on the brink of failure. 

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

A total of $20 million in gifts to UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will support fellowships for graduate students. On Thursday, a gift of $10 million was announced from Jane Batten, the wife of the late Frank Batten Sr. It will be matched by UVA’s Bicentennial Scholars Fund.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The Cavalier Inn is at occupancy for its final UVA graduation weekend. The hotel, built in 1965 and bought by the UVA Foundation in 1998, will check out its final guest on Monday before being demolished this summer.

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