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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.

Valedictory Exercises

Friday, May 18
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
The Lawn*

*In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena.
The arena doors will open up at 1:30 p.m.

Before the Class of 2018 walks down the Lawn at Final Exercises, they will pay tribute to their fellow classmates and their time spent at the University at the Valedictory Exercises ceremony. This unique ceremony includes the presentation of the Class Gift and University and Class Awards as well as a speech from a keynote speaker, who is chosen by the class. This year's keynote speaker is Chris Long, NFL Super Bowl champion, philanthropist, and alumnus. 

The ceremony is open to the public. It will also be live-streamed here.

Tip: Most guests will be arriving in Charlottesville on Friday afternoon, so heavy traffic near the University prior to the ceremony is to be expected. Please plan accordingly and allot extra time when making your plans.

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