Graduation Preps Underway

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

May 17, 2007

The University of Virginia's graduation ceremony is just two days away, but crews began preparing almost a year ago and began setting up a week and a half ago.

Six thousand graduates are set to get that diploma and 50,000 loved ones are set to watch. It takes an army of a hundred workers to set up a total of 50,000 chairs, a sound and visual system, and several ramps and stages.

But these workers see their hard work as an opportunity to really let the university shine.

"They take a lot of pride in what they are doing here," said Director of Facilities Operations Chris Willis. "They really enjoy it. It's a morale booster for my guys to be able to be involved with the university's academic mission and be close to the ceremony."

Set up will be completed by Friday night.

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