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Finals Weekend

Important Notice

To provide a safe environment for degree candidates, faculty, family and guests, the University has implemented a clear bag policy and is utilizing metal detectors for Valedictory Exercises on Friday, May 18 and Final Exercises on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. These security enhancements mirror those used for athletic events at Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena. More Info.

Information for Faculty

Finals Weekend is fast approaching, and we look forward to your participation in this very special weekend for the University of Virginia community. Please take a few moments to review important faculty instructions and scheduling information regarding the weekend's festivities. If you are a faculty member and interested in serving as a Faculty Marshal at Final Exercises please contact the Office of Major Events at (434) 982-3099 for more information.


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Academic Regalia

Faculty in Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Continuing & Professional Studies, Data Science, Education, Leadership and Public Policy, and Nursing may rent caps and gowns through the UVA Bookstore by contacting Teresa Hammond.

Rented academic regalia may be picked up at the University Bookstore at the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 16 through Friday, May 18:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 19:  7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, May 20:  7 to 9:30 a.m.

Rented academic regalia must be returned to the University Bookstore at the following times:

  • Saturday, May 19:  12 to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, May 20:  12 to 5 p.m.

  • Monday, May 21:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals are responsible for the cost of unreturned regalia. A late fee of $20 will be charged for rental regalia not returned by 5 p.m. on May 21.

The UVA Bookstore also offers academic regalia for purchase. The UVA Academic Regalia Order Form will be available on the Bookstore's website.  The deadline for ordering purchased regalia is March 23, 2018.  Order forms can be faxed to the UVA Bookstore at (434) 982-2165 or dropped off at the UVA Bookstore, located atop the 4th floor of the Central Grounds Parking Garage (map). 
For questions concerning rental or purchased academic regalia, please call the UVA Bookstore at (434) 924-3721 or (800) 759-4667.

Commerce, Engineering, Graduate Business, Law, and Medicine Faculty

Faculty in Commerce, Engineering, Graduate Business, Law, and Medicine will pick up their caps and gowns in their respective schools and will return them to those locations.

Information for Faculty Marshals

Those faculty members identified by their school to serve as faculty and processional marshals are to be at their school's designated assembly point near the Lawn by no later than 8:30 a.m. Faculty marshals, along with student marshals, will be responsible for organizing degree candidates into columns in preparation for the procession.

Faculty members who are not serving as a faculty or processional marshal, but still wish to participate in the ceremony should assemble on the southwest portico of the Rotunda by 9:30 a.m.