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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.

Caps and Gowns

Complimentary Academic Regalia

Complimentary caps and gowns are available for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree candidates. With a valid photo ID, you can pick up your cap and gown from the UVA Bookstore in Spring 2018. The schedule is provided below.

Fourth-Year Cap & Gown Week: February 5 - 9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
PhD and Master's Grad Fair: March 12 - 16, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Finals Week (for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree candidates): If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during Fourth-Year Week or the Graduate Grad Fair, you may pick up your regalia at the following times:
  • Wednesday, May 16 - Friday, May 18:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 20:  7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           

These complimentary "one-way" caps and gowns do not need to be returned after the ceremony; they may be retained as keepsakes.

Doctoral Students Only

Doctoral students also have the option of renting their academic regalia or purchasing it:

Rental Regalia: The deadline to place an order for rental gown (comes with a mortarboard) and/or a rental doctoral hood is 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2018. The order form is available here. These items will be available for pick up from the UVA Bookstore during the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 16 - Friday, May 18:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 20:  7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Purchased Regalia: Doctoral students have the option to purchase any/all of the following: gown, hood, tam. The deadline for purchasing academic regalia is 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2018. The order form will be available here.

Please contact the UVA Bookstore, (800) 759-4667, with questions regarding renting or purchasing academic regalia.  

Darden, Law, and Medicine Students

Darden, Law, and Medicine (Doctor of Medicine) degree candidates will pick up their caps and gowns at their respective schools. Students will be notified by their respective schools of the dates and times to pick up and return caps and gowns. Should you have questions, please contact the following school representatives: