The University of Virginia is about to bid thousands of graduates farewell. Final exercises are this weekend, and the hundreds involved with putting on the ceremonies are nothing compared to the crowds expected to descend on grounds to honor the class of 2012.
UVA is bracing for 30,000 to 35,000 people to descend on the university this weekend for the 183rd final exercises. That will be friends and family of about 6,000 graduates walking the lawn. There will be 57 separate ceremonies held for 11 different schools and programs.
Looking back on when this class was admitted, the students' average SAT score was 1322. As well as that, 88 percent of them came from the top 10 percent of their class, and 14 percent of them are children of alumni.
Alumnus Katie Couric will address the graduates at final exercises Sunday, and former Cavalier basketball star Val Ackerman will speak at Saturday's valedictorian ceremony.
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