One year of planning – and an untold number of man hours – made UMW’s 2018 commencement ceremonies possible. Here’s a look at some of the figures.
7,500: Number of guests.
9,000: Number of chairs.
1: Number of years it takes to plan commencement.
164: Number of people who pull it off.
400: Approximate number of steps from Bell Tower to commencement stage.
94: Temperature forecast.
107: Number of commencement ceremonies since the university’s founding as the Fredericksburg State Normal and Industrial School for Women – in 1908.
0: Number of times weather has forced undergraduate commencement indoors.
8,700: Approximate number of miles from the Philippines to Virginia – the greatest distance traveled by a commencement guest. (We think.) Another guest traveled more then 7,000 miles – from Uganda – to watch his daughter graduate.
1,161: Number of students earning a degree from UMW this weekend.
1,000: Number of undergraduate degrees.
162: Number of graduate degrees.
1: Number of graduates who received both the MBA and MSMIS in a dual-degree program.
71: Number of undergraduates with a double major.
22: Percentage of undergrads with at least one minor.
4: Number of first-time minors (contemplative studies, financial and quantitative analysis and Spanish).