May 19, 2014
Final Exercises are over, and the cleanup in underway on the Lawn of the University of Virginia.
One day after students walked the lawn for graduation about 20 workers took to the grass to remove the 45,000 chairs used the weekend's ceremonies. Crews say it takes them all day to fold the chairs, stack them, and put them on the truck.
The chairs weren't the only thing being packed up on the lawn. Students who live in the prestigious Lawn rooms were cleaning up and moving out.
Newly minted UVa. graduate Christopher Zapple was among the students, and parents, loading up boxes.
"It's all this stuff that I brought at the beginning of the year, and I haven't used half of it, but the other half it's been like 'oh yeah I remember that time when I did that.' When they just took apart the furniture, that was the most sad part cause it's my furniture and I've lived there all year," said Zapple.
Zapple says he enjoyed the moment he got to walk out onto the Lawn to hear everyone cheering for him and his fellow graduates, and will always treasure the time he got to live in the historic spot.
"This entire year whether it be tailgates, lighting of the lawn, different parties in the spring, it's just been an awesome year," said Zapple. "It's kind of weird that we are all moving on, but at the same time it's time for a new start."