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Final Exercises: Assembly and Procession Instructions

Assembly

Assembly points will be designated near the Lawn for each school's degree candidates. All students should arrive at their designated assembly points no later than 8:45 a.m. on the morning of their ceremony to allow adequate time to go through security screening. As a reminder:

  • Everyone, including graduating students, will be required to go through a metal detector.
  • The University’s clear bag policy will be in effect and will be subject to search.
  • Everyone wearing an outer garment (ex. an academic robe or coat) will be asked to open it for a visual inspection. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

For additional safety & security information, including a list of prohibited items, please click here

 

Saturday, May 18 

  • College of Arts & Sciences: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: Rotunda, Southeast Terrace and West Terrace

  • Faculty: Rotunda, Southwest Terrace

To view the maps & diagrams that pertain to Saturday's ceremony (ex. the Assembly and Procession diagram), please click here

 

Sunday, May 19

  • School of Architecture: Rotunda, Northwest Terrace 

  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies: Poe Alley (West Range)

  • Curry School of Education: Rotunda, Southeast Terrace (Lawn side)

  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration: Poe Alley (West Range)

  • Data Science Institute: Green Alley (East Range)

  • School of Engineering & Applied Science: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: Rotunda, East Terrace

  • School of Law: Green Alley (East Range)

  • McIntire School of Commerce: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • School of Medicine: Rotunda, West Terrace

  • School of Nursing: Rotunda, Northeast Terrace

  • Faculty: Rotunda, Southwest Terrace (Lawn side)

To view the maps & diagrams that pertain to Sunday's ceremony (ex. the Assembly and Procession diagram), please click here.

 

The Procession 

Saturday, May 18

The procession will start promptly at 10 a.m. The order of the procession is as follows:

  • Grand Marshal
  • Bicentennial Banner Carrier
  • Class of 2019 Banner Carrier
  • The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences led by the Dean and the Banner Carrier
  • The College of Arts & Sciences led by the Dean and the Banner Carrier
  • Faculty Members
  • Grand Marshal (2nd trip down the Lawn)
  • Newly Elected Members of the Raven Society
  • Platform Party (President Sullivan, Board of Visitors, and Vice Presidents)
  • Color Guard

At the end of the Final Exercises ceremony, the grand marshal, platform party, and faculty will recess up the Lawn. Following the recessional, the ceremony will officially conclude, and graduates and guests may leave their seating area.

As a reminder, alcohol is not permitted at the assembly points or on the Lawn during the Final Exercises.

Sunday, May 19

  • Grand Marshal
  • Bicentennial Banner Carrier
  • Class of 2019 Banner Carrier
  • Schools - Each school is led by their respective Dean and the Banner Carrier
    • Wave 1: Darden, Medicine, Education, and Law
    • Wave 2: Continuing & Professional Studies, Architecture, Batten, and Data Science
    • Wave 3: Nursing, Commerce, and Engineering
  • Faculty Members
  • Grand Marshal (2nd trip down the Lawn)
  • Platform Party (President Sullivan, Board of Visitors, and Vice Presidents)
  • Color Guard

At the end of the Final Exercises ceremony, the grand marshal, platform party, and faculty will recess up the Lawn. Following the recessional, the ceremony will officially conclude, and graduates and guests may leave their seating area.

Here is a short animation depicting the flow of Sunday's procession:

As a reminder, alcohol is not permitted at the assembly points or on the Lawn during the Final Exercises.