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Office of Major Events

Important Notice

In response to the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and evidence of its likely progression over the next few months, all University events on Grounds are prohibited until at least May 15. Final Exercises will not take place as currently planned. A team is already focused on developing creative alternatives to mark this important occasion for the Class of 2020, which includes holding Final Exercises at a later date. We will communicate updates as we have them. All events on Grounds have been cancelled during this semester.


Our top priority is the safety of students and members of the local and UVA community, visitors, and guests. More information on UVA's response to COVID-19.

About Us

The University of Virginia’s Office of Major Events manages Fall Convocation, Finals Weekend, and Founder's Day events annually. In addition, the office handles other special events intended for a University-wide audience, such as the Inauguration of President James E. Ryan and a recent visit from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The Office of Major Events is a part of the Office of the President.

The Office of Major Events is located in Madison Hall. (see map below)

Office of Major Events Staff

Pamela W. Higgins Executive Director of Major Events (434) 982-3099
E. Cecil Banks, Jr. Associate Director of Major Events (434) 982-3099
Ellie W. Cooke Major Events Associate (434) 982-3099
Stacy M. Smith Executive Manager of Carr's Hill Events (434) 982-2392
Leah N. Sumrall Manager of Carr's Hill Events (434) 924-3790


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Phone:    434-982-3099

Fax:    434-924-1434

Mailing Address:

Madison Hall
P.O. Box 400139
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4139

Shipping Address:

Madison Hall
1827 University Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22904