Finals Weekend is fast approaching, and we look forward to your participation in this very special weekend for the University of Virginia community.

If you are a faculty member and interested in serving as a Faculty Marshal at Final Exercises please contact the Office of Major Events at (434) 982-3099 for more information.

Attending or Participating in Final Exercises

Faculty members do not need tickets to participate in Final Exercises; your academic regalia and your University ID card is your ticket to access the Lawn. Faculty should assemble in their school's assembly area on Saturday or Sunday and sit with their school on the South Lawn in front of Old Cabell Hall during the ceremony. To expedite entry into your school's assembly area, please be sure that you bring your UVA ID with you on Saturday and/or Sunday. If you do not have your University ID, please contact the Office of Major Events as soon as possible to request a security credential to present at the entrance to the assembly areas.

    Academic Regalia

    Faculty assisting with Final Exercises as banner carriers, marshals, and members of the Assembly and Seating groups will need to dress in academic regalia. Regalia may be rented or purchased through the UVA Bookstore. For those who need to order rental regalia, please send an email to [email protected] by Wednesday, March 29 to have the cost of your regalia covered by the Office of Major Events.

    Rental Regalia: Faculty members who are interested in ordering a rental gown, which comes with a mortarboard and tassel, and/or a doctoral hood, should contact the UVA Bookstore at (434) 924-3721 by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Regalia can be picked up from the University Bookstore at the following times:

    • Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 17:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 18:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 19:  7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Rented academic regalia must be returned to the University Bookstore at the following times:

    • Saturday, May 18:  12 to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 19:  12 to 5 p.m.
    • Monday, May 20:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Individuals are responsible for the cost of unreturned regalia. A late fee will be charged for rental regalia not returned by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

    Purchased Regalia: For faculty who wish to purchase academic regalia, the order deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Order forms can be faxed to the UVA Bookstore at (434) 982-2165 or dropped off at the UVA Bookstore, located atop the 4th floor of the Central Grounds Parking Garage (map). 

    For questions concerning rental or purchased academic regalia, please contact the UVA Bookstore at (434)-924-3721.

    Commerce, Darden, Engineering, Law, and Medicine Faculty

    Faculty in Commerce, Darden, Engineering, Law, and Medicine will pick up their caps and gowns in their respective schools and will return them to those locations.

    Additional Information:

    Updated: February 13, 2023