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General Information

Frequently Asked Questions For Finals 2022


When and where is Final Exercises?

The 193rd Final Exercises will be held on the Lawn at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2022.  Final Exercises will end between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.To see the complete schedule of events, please click here.

When does my student graduate?

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will participate in Final Exercises on Saturday, May 21. All other schools will participate in Final Exercises on Sunday, May 22. The schedule for Finals Weekend 2022 will available here as soon as it is confirmed. School and department graduation ceremonies are held during the afternoon, following Final Exercises on the Lawn. A list of locations and times for each school and department ceremony will be available here by January 2022.

What do you suggest I do regarding lodging, as I am finding all of the hotels are booked?

The University offers on-Grounds housing for guests attending Finals Weekend. Reservations are limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. This is not a hotel option, but an economical, no-frills alternative with no minimum stay requirement. Guests will stay in our first-year residence halls located in the Alderman Road Residence Area. These hall-style accommodations include two lofted twin beds and shared common area and gender-specific shared bathrooms on each hall. Compostable sheets and pillow are provided, but guests must provide their own towels, toiletries, and other amenities. For more information or to make your reservation, contact Conference Services at: For questions, email For more information, please visit the Conferences@UVA website or call (434) 924-4479. 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.

How many guest seating tickets for Final Exercises will my student receive?

Each graduate will receive six tickets for guest seating on the Lawn.  If the ceremony is moved to John Paul Jones Arena, graduates will be limited to three guest seating tickets. Graduates will not receive guest seating tickets for both Final Exercises ceremonies Saturday and Sunday. They will receive tickets for the day his/her school is invited to participate.

Additional guests are welcomed. Guests without a Final Exercises seating ticket can watch a live stream of the ceremony in one of our climate-controlled, Remote (Indoor) Viewing Locations. Tickets are not required for these venues. In addition, both Final Exercises ceremonies will be streamed live on the University of Virginia live webcast page.

Do children require tickets to attend Final Exercises on the Lawn?

Children two years old and younger do not require a ticket if sitting on someone's lap. All children older than 2 years old are required to have a guest seating ticket. Guests with children are also encouraged to take advantage of the Remote (Indoor) Viewing Locations. These locations are climate-controlled and located near indoor restrooms. In addition, these locations are less crowded than the seating area on the Lawn, allowing for more space for children to move around. Tickets are not required for these venues.

What is the difference between Final Exercises and School and Department Graduation Ceremonies?

Final Exercises begins with an academic procession of the graduates and faculty down the Lawn. The ceremony includes the conferral of degrees by school, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Final Exercises speaker.

The School and Department Graduation Ceremonies take place throughout the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday after Final Exercises.  At these ceremonies, graduates will be recognized individually.

My graduate is a double major. Will I receive tickets for Final Exercises for each major?

No. Guest seating tickets are distributed to graduates evenly based on the number of degrees (diplomas) awarded in the class. Graduates with double majors receive one degree (diploma) with two concentrations and are allocated six guest seating tickets. Graduates in a dual degree program (receiving two diplomas) are allocated six guest seating tickets for each degree awarded (six tickets per diploma).

What time should I arrive to Final Exercises?

Guests should be seated on the Lawn by 8:45 a.m. to prepare for the procession. Please allow time to park and shuttle over from the John Paul Jones Arena or Scott Stadium, if applicable.  The ushers will begin seating guests on the Lawn at 7:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.  The doors to the Remote (Indoor) Viewing Locations open at 8 a.m.

What is Valedictory Exercises?

Valedictory Exercises is a ceremony hosted by the graduating class on Friday, May 20, 2022, at 3 p.m. in the John Paul Jones Arena. The ceremony will feature the presentation of the class gift and university and class awards and remarks by a keynote speaker. Tickets are not required for this ceremony, and it is open to the public.

As an August or a December graduate, can I participate in the graduation ceremonies in May?

If you receive your degree in August 2021 or December 2021, you are welcome to participate in Final Exercises and your school or department ceremony in May 2022. Please contact your school or department in advance to inform them of your intent to participate. 

What happens if it rains during Final Exercises?

Final Exercises takes place on the Lawn rain or shine.  The ceremony will be moved indoors to John Paul Jones Arena in the event of severe weather (e.g. thunder, lightning, or high winds). If the ceremony is moved to John Paul Jones Arena, then each graduate will be limited to three guests. Details regarding the weather plans will be posted to our website in the Fall 2021 semester. In the event of inclement or severe weather, shuttle bus service will be extended until the conclusion of all school/department graduation ceremonies.

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 involved. Graduates and faculty will wear their caps and gowns which will provide them access to the Lawn and to John Paul Jones Arena (if the ceremony is moved inside). The grass, as well as ramps and steps located on the Lawn may be damp or slick during Final Exercises. Graduates and faculty are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes with low heels to avoid falling or tripping during the Procession.

Can my child/children participate with me in the Academic Procession on the Lawn during Final Exercises?

For safety reasons, children are not allowed to participate in the Academic Procession.  Only faculty members and graduates are allowed to participate in the Academic Procession during Final Exercises on the Lawn.


Last Updated: November 16, 2021