Last Friday was one of those idyllic spring days in Charlottesville where I looked around me and couldn’t help but feel immensely sorry for anyone who has never picnicked on the Lawn. The sun was shining, the grass was especially soft (perfect for napping), and the Corner was crawling with students eager to enjoy the beautiful weather. It was an ideal setting to celebrate the historic inauguration of the University’s eighth president, Teresa Sullivan.
On this day, I was honored to serve as a University Host. My job was to greet visiting academics who were marching in the procession down the Lawn prior to the ceremony. I loved seeing so many smiling faces and meeting delegates from schools and academic societies around the world. It was an amazing gathering of students, alumni, parents, and friends of the University. I certainly felt proud to be a Wahoo!
After greeting, I had time to dash to Bodo’s Bagels, a popular spot on the Corner, and make it back to the Lawn, lunch in hand, just in time for the start of the festivities. I really can’t think of anything happier than a picnic on the Lawn while participating in a historic milestone for UVA.
However, the ceremony was just one of the events to celebrate President Sullivan and our community. The week was built around honoring the school’s mission of teaching, research, public service, and health care. An Interfaith Observance, Academic Symposium, Research Exhibit, Day of Service, and Inaugural Walk were all scheduled to mark the occasion. Needless to say, it was a busy, exciting week for UVA!
Watch the ceremony here! Even if you don’t watch the entire video, make sure you at least click on the link to see how beautiful the Lawn and Rotunda look. Perfection!