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Finals Weekend

Important Notice

To provide a safe environment for degree candidates, faculty, family and guests, the University has implemented a clear bag policy and is utilizing metal detectors for Valedictory Exercises on Friday, May 18 and Final Exercises on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. These security enhancements mirror those used for athletic events at Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena. More Info.

Final Exercises: Assembly and Procession Instructions


Assembly points will be designated near the Lawn for each school's degree candidates. Assembly begins at 8:45 a.m. All students should be at their designated assembly points no later than 9:15 a.m.

Saturday, May 19

  • College of Arts & Sciences: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: Rotunda Terrace

  • Faculty: Southwest Rotunda Terrace

Sunday, May 20

  • School of Architecture: West Rotunda Terrace

  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies: Poe Alley (West Range)

  • Curry School of Education: Northeast Rotunda Terrace

  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration: Poe Alley (West Range)

  • Data Science Institute: Green Alley (East Range)

  • School of Engineering & Applied Science: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: East Rotunda Terrace

  • School of Law: Green Alley (East Range)

  • McIntire School of Commerce: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • School of Medicine: Southwest Rotunda Terrace

  • School of Nursing: Southeast Rotunda Terrace

  • Faculty: Southwest Rotunda Terrace



The procession will start promptly at 10 a.m. The order of the procession is as follows:

  • Grand Marshal
  • Bicentennial Banner Carrier
  • Class of 2018 Banner Carrier
  • Each school led by their respective Dean and Faculty Marshals
  • Faculty Members
  • Grand Marshal (2nd trip down the Lawn)
  • Platform Party
  • Color Guard

At the end of the Final Exercises ceremony, the grand marshal, platform party, and faculty will recess up the Lawn. Following the recessional, the ceremony will officially conclude, and graduates and guests may leave their seating area.

As a reminder, alcohol is not permitted at the assembly points or on the Lawn during the Final Exercises.