UVA Surveys Students on Proposed Changes to Final Exercises

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The University of Virginia is surveying students this week about proposed changes to graduation weekend.

A fenced area surrounding Rotunda renovations will block the stairs and take away space where guests of graduates typically stand during final exercises on the lawn.

UVA is asking students to pick from three options: reducing the number of tickets each graduate gets, holding two final exercises, or moving the ceremony to Scott Stadium. Students will receive the survey in an email from the school.

“It's really important for the students to talk with their family and friends about what they think the best options are, because it's really their experience,” said McGregor McCance, UVA spokesman. “The administration is keenly interested in finding out which parts or which options they think are the least disruptive.”

The Rotunda repairs will affect final exercises for the class of 2015 and possibly 2016. This year's ceremony will not change.

The university expects to decide which option to go with before May's commencement.