Friday, May 19
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
*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 2017 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. The speaker for 2017 is Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia and the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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.