October 1, 2018

      On graduation morning, May 20, 2017, it was a perfect spring day. Students assembled on the north side of the Rotunda, while parents and family members filled The Lawn. Graduates made the traditional procession to Old Cabell Hall. The main speaker was long-winded. What else would you expect? Balloons went up as university president Theresa Sullivan pronounced that all the fresh faces wearing...

September 15, 2018

     It takes about a week. First, the ramps and fences go up. Then the bundles of folding chairs appear. The stage and video screens go up next. Finally, the chairs open in ordered rows. Security personell watch over them day and night. Late in the afternoons, students and parents take photos around the Rotunda. Horn players practice a fanfare. On Saturday, several thousand graduat...

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