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Finals Weekend

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.

For Students

Finals Weekend will be here before you know it! Now that you’ve already applied to graduate, here are some of the next steps you should take: 

  1. August 2019/December 2019 Graduates - Contact Your school/department to confirm your intent to participate in Final Exercises and the school/department graduation ceremony.

  2. Subscribe to the Finals Weekend Text Alerts service to receive important announcements (ex. changes to the Finals Weekend schedule) via text message. The service is free, and you will be automatically unsubscribed after Finals Weekend.  

  3. Pick up your Cap & Gown from the UVA Bookstore. Note: Darden, Law, and Medicine graduates will pick up their cap & gown at their respective school.

  4. Complete the Class of 2019 UVA First Destination Survey on Handshake, which takes approximately 3 minutes. The information collected will provide UVA staff with a better understanding of students' professional development needs and will play a vital role in determining the types of development opportunities offered in the future. Commerce students, please use the McIntire Destinations Portfolio Survey to report your outcome.

  5. Pick up your tickets for Class Party and Final Exercises from the UVA Bookstore.

  6. Plan your weekend. Please review the following items and then communicate any relevant information to your guests:

    • The Finals Weekend schedule 

    • Where/when to assemble for your Final Exercises ceremony

    • The location of your school/department graduation ceremony

    • The weather plans for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    • Parking options for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

    • The locations of the Remote (Indoor) Viewing Sites for Final Exercises (If you have more guests than tickets for Final Exercises, this is a great option for your guests who don't have a ticket. The remote viewing sites are also a great alternative for elderly guests, guests with infants or small children, or anyone who prefers to stay out of the elements. All venues are climate-controlled and wheelchair accessible).

Note: With so many people on the Lawn for Final Exercises, cell service is likely to be limited. It's a good idea for you and your guests to establish a post-ceremony meeting location before arriving to the Lawn.

  1. Connect on social media using #UVAgrad.



Last updated: March 8, 2019