Class of 2006 Graduation Gift Pledge Sets New Record


Class Gift Chairs Chris Kavanaugh, left, and Mike Buchwald stand in front of the sign that tracked the progress of the campaign.

More than 90 percent of the Class of 2006 has pledged to participate in the class gift, shattering last year's record of 82 percent.

Leaders of the Class of 2006 originally aimed to have 85 percent of their classmates pledge to make a gift to the Law School within one year of graduation .

"I wish we could take credit for doing a really good job, being persistent, and being persuasive," said Class Gift Chair Chris Kavanaugh. "But, to be honest, about 75 percent of the class is willing to give without any hesitation. An extraordinary majority of the student body had an amazing few years here at U.Va. Law, and just as many people have been giving to the community during their time here, so they will continue to give once we depart for greater things."

"The Class of 2006 is extraordinarily unified and everyone worked together to set this record," added Co-Gift Chair Mike Buchwald. "We all know how important it is to leave U.Va. Law better off than we found it and the Class Gift is just one area where our class has achieved that goal."

The drive effort was led by 38 student volunteers, said Laura Pietro, director of donor relations and young alumni development.

"It has been a privilege to work with these students-they embody what I have come to know as 'Virginia Lawyers.' They are special people who care deeply about a very special place," Pietro said. "We are incredibly grateful to the entire Class of 2006 for this tremendous level of support."

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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