Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is Final Exercises?
The 193rd Final Exercises ceremonies will be held in Scott Stadium on Friday, May 21 - Sunday, May 23. Monday, May 24 is reserved for any ceremony delayed due to severe weather. To see the complete schedule of events, please click here.
Why are the Final Exercises ceremonies being held at Scott Stadium instead of the Lawn?
Governor Northam has amended VA Executive Order 72 to include a section on graduation ceremonies. The new guidance, which applies only to graduation ceremonies and not to any other events, permits up to 5,000 participants for outdoor sites and 500 for indoor venues, or 30% of a facility’s capacity, whichever is lower, in addition to many other regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Scott Stadium is the only venue on Grounds where we could adhere to all the mandated regulations.
What will the procession look like this year?
Graduates will process from the Rotunda, down the Lawn, and continue on to Scott Stadium. Once at the stadium, graduates will process onto the field and into socially-distanced seating.
Are graduating students required to participate in the procession starting at the Rotunda?
No. Graduating students who don't want to participate in the procession should plan on meeting at the Stadium Road entrance to the parking garage at Scott Stadium (a map is forthcoming).
Can friends/family members stand along the procession route as the graduates process?
No. Due to strict guidelines outlined in the Governor's Executive Order, guests will not be permitted along the procession route. A live stream of the procession as students make their way from the Lawn to Scott Stadium will be played on the state-of-the-art 'Hoo Vision' video board in the stadium.
Are guests allowed to attend Final Exercises?
Per guidance from UVA Health, graduating students will be allowed two guests each for their respective Final Exercises ceremony in Scott Stadium. Official ticketing information and instructions can be found on the Tickets page.
Is it possible for a graduating student to have more than two guests?
Given the occupancy limit of the stadium is restricted due to the Governor’s Executive Order #72, there are, unfortunately, no extra guest tickets available. For guests unable to attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed.
Are there COVID-19 protocols to which guests/graduates are expected to adhere?
Guests and graduates must adhere to all University and state COVID-19 protocols, including:
- Wearing a mask on Grounds and during the ceremony at all times
- Staying home when sick or exhibiting symptoms
- Guests are encouraged to obtain a negative COVID test prior to arriving in Charlottesville and to follow all travel advisories in place.
What about school/department graduation ceremonies?
Given capacity limitations and distancing requirements outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order and the need to focus University efforts on planning five successful Final Exercises ceremonies, we will not be hosting any in-person school/department ceremonies this year. This means students' names will not be called nor will they walk across the stage at any of the Final Exercises ceremonies.
Other than Final Exercises, are there any other opportunities to walk the Lawn for graduating students?
Graduating students interested in walking the Lawn with friends outside of their schools will have the opportunity to do so in the weeks leading up to graduation weekend. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
Can my child/children participate with me in the academic procession from the Rotunda to Scott Stadium?
For safety reasons, children are not allowed to participate in the academic procession. Only faculty members and graduates are allowed to process during Final Exercises.
As an August or a December graduate, can I participate in the graduation ceremonies in May?
Only August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates are eligible to participate in the Finals 2021 ceremonies. The only exception are those students who are taking a class in Summer Session I that is needed to complete their degree requirements – they are eligible to participate based on the information posted on UREG’s website:
What happens if it rains during Final Exercises?
Ceremonies will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, ceremonies may be delayed to a make-up time on May 23 or 24. Visit Weather Plans for additional information.
What should I wear to Final Exercises?
Final Exercises is held outdoors. Attire is a personal preference, but guests are encouraged to dress respectfully for the occasion and appropriately for the weather, and to wear comfortable shoes given the considerable amount of walking. Graduates and faculty will wear their caps and gowns and are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. The procession route from the Rotunda to the Scott Stadium is approx. one mile. The grass as well as ramps and steps located on the Lawn and at the stadium may be damp or slick during the ceremony, so wearing shoes with little to no heel is advised to prevent tripping or falling during the procession.
Can we bring or buy food at Scott Stadium during Finale Exercises?
No food or beverages, except water, will be permitted in or sold at Scott Stadium.
What do you suggest I do regarding lodging?
For information on hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, contact the Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Bureau toll free at (877) 386-1103 or visit their website. To reach the Visitors Bureau Reservations Hotline directly, call (800) 253-1271.
Will on-Grounds housing available for Final Exercises this year?
Due to the evolving situation and circumstances that continue to result from COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the University will not offer on-Grounds Finals Weekend accommodations for guests this year.
What services do you provide for guests with limited mobility and/or disabilities?
A variety of services are provided for guests with limited mobility and/or disabilities to include designated parking, reserved seating at Scott Stadium, sign language interpreters, and open captioning on the LED screen during Final Exercises. For additional information, please send an email to email@example.com. Please note that the University does not supply wheelchairs; however, they may be rented from local companies, and their contact information is available here.
My graduate is a double major. Will they receive guest seating tickets for Final Exercises for each major?
No. Guest seating tickets are distributed to graduates based on the number of degrees (diplomas) awarded. Graduates with double majors receive one degree (diploma) with two concentrations (noted on their transcript) and are allocated two guest seating tickets. Graduates in a dual degree program (receiving two diplomas – usually from two different schools) are allocated two guest seating tickets for each degree awarded (two tickets per diploma).
I'm a graduating student in Arts & Sciences. I wanted to sign up for the morning graduation ceremony, but it is filled. Is there anything that can be done about this?
Unfortunately, no. Due to capacity limits set by the Governor's Executive Order #72, we are not able to make any changes to the number of students/guests allowed at each ceremony. As stated in the email that went out to all graduating students, tickets for the morning and afternoon ceremonies for Arts & Sciences are "on a first-come, first-served basis; when all of the slots have filled for either ceremony, you will have to choose the ceremony with slots remaining."
Does my baby/infant/toddler require a ticket to attend the Final Exercises ceremonies?
Yes. All guests require a ticket to attend the Final Exercises ceremonies in Scott Stadium. Babies, infants, and toddlers count as guests.
I'm a graduating student who reserved tickets for my respective Final Exercises ceremony. My plans recently changed, and I am no longer able to participate in the ceremony. Do I need to cancel my ticket request?
Yes, please contact the ticketing office [(434) 924-UVA1 / firstname.lastname@example.org] to cancel your request.The cancel would apply to all tickets you have for that ceremony (i.e. your student ticket & two guest tickets). By canceling, this helps us ensure we have an accurate count for those who will be in attendance at the ceremony.
Last Updated: April 26, 2021