The University has a long-standing tradition of planting commemorative
trees to honor individuals from its academic community. Trees are
planted both officially by the University as part of the Founder's
Day celebration and privately by alumni and friends of the University.
Procedure for Private Trees
A person or group wishing to donate a private commemorative tree
to the University should contact the Office of the Architect at
434-924-6015. Working closely with the donor and Landscape Superintendent,
the Office of the Architect develops a proposal for a tree species
and location. This proposal is then presented for approval by the
Arboretum and Landscape Committee. The approved tree will be planted
by the Landscape Division in the appropriate season. The University
does not allow commemorative plaques to be installed on or near
trees. Plaques may only be installed as part of a memorial bench,
which can be given in association with a tree.
Tree dedication ceremonies are usually arranged by the donor with
the assistance of either the Office of Student Affairs, the Alumni
Association, or, when appropriate, a particular school, college
or department of the University.
The cost of planting a memorial tree on the grounds is $2,000. This
includes a donation toward the memorial tree maintenance fund, which
assures the perpetual care and replacement of all University memorial