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Posted April 30, 2014

Commencement Information: May 18, 2014

The Law School ceremony will be streamed live online at www.law.virginia.edu/finals2014. To view the University-wide Lawn ceremony, visit the Office of Major Events Live Webcast page.

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Tickets

Each graduate will receive three tickets for guests for the University-wide Lawn ceremony. Tickets will be distributed at the same time as caps and gowns. Each ticket will be labeled with the graduate's name. If you do not plan to use all of your tickets, you are welcome to give them away to other students. There are two options if you have additional guests: (1) there is limited standing room available on the Lawn; (2) there are several indoor locations around Grounds that will broadcast the event live. No tickets are required for the standing-room-only section or for the indoor broadcast locations. To view the University-wide Lawn ceremony online, visit the Office of Major Events Live Webcast page.

In the case of inclement or severe weather, tickets are required for the Law School ceremony. Details are below.
 

Schedule  

Saturday, May 17
4–7 p.m. Law School Foundation/Student Bar Association Reception for graduates and their families, Spies Garden and Caplin Pavilion

RSVPs for this event are not required and all of your guests in town for the festivities are welcome. Dress will be "summer cocktail attire." Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served; this is not a dinner reception. Please make dinner plans accordingly.

Sunday, May 18 (Good Weather)
8–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, East Range between Rotunda Alley and Green Alley

Join your law school classmates for breakfast before the ceremony begins.

9:45 a.m. Line Up for Lawn Ceremony with the class in Rotunda Alley (east side of Lawn, Rotunda end) for the University Ceremony on the Lawn, where law degrees are conferred en masse by President Sullivan. 
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lawn Ceremony
Following the University Ceremony's conclusion, those attending must return promptly to the Law School for the Law School Ceremony.

Address by former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

1:15-2:45 p.m. Law School Ceremony Begins

Academic Procession

Welcome by Dean Paul G. Mahoney

Announcement of Class Gift and Introduction of Commencement Speaker by Student Bar Association President Brian Park

Commencement Address by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy

Announcement of Awards by Dean Paul G. Mahoney

Hooding Ceremony and Presentation of Diplomas
After the Law School Ceremony Return Gowns and Hoods, Holcombe Green Lawn (graduates may keep the cap and tassel)

Light Refreshments (lemonade and cookies), Withers-Brown Hall (near the library), provided by the Law School Foundation

 
Uncertain Weather Plan for Sunday, May 18

The University determines if the "severe" or the "inclement" weather plan will be implemented for Final Exercises. This decision will be announced on the University of Virginia and Law School websites by 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 18.

If the University implements either the severe or inclement weather plans, the Law School Final Exercises will occur at the North Grounds Recreation Center's basketball courts (Map of North Grounds). Due to the North Grounds Recreation Center's limited seating capacity, each graduate will be limited to two guest tickets.

Severe Weather

The University-wide ceremony on the Lawn will be canceled and the Law School ceremony will take place at the North Grounds Recreation Center at 1:15 p.m. (Map of North Grounds) Each graduate will receive two tickets. Tickets will be distributed before the event and will be labeled with the graduate's name. If you have additional guests who wish to see the ceremony, the event will be broadcast live in several classrooms at the Law School. The ceremony will also be live-streamed at www.law.virginia.edu/finals2014.

10-11:30 a.m.
SBA Breakfast, Scott Commons.

12:45 p.m.
Participants and guests will be admitted to the North Grounds Recreation Center. The Darden ceremony immediately precedes the Law School ceremony; please do not arrive before the designated time, as space is extremely limited in NGRC.

1 p.m.
Graduates should be seated by 1 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Ceremony begins.

Inclement Weather

The Lawn Ceremony will proceed and the continental breakfast will take place as scheduled. The Law School Final Exercises will take place at the North Grounds Recreation Center's basketball courts at 4 p.m. (Map of North Grounds) Each graduate will receive two tickets. Tickets will be distributed before the event and will be labeled with the graduate's name. If you have additional guests who wish to see the ceremony, the event will be broadcast live in several classrooms at the Law School. The ceremony will also be live-streamed at www.law.virginia.edu/finals2014.

8-9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, East Range between Rotunda Alley and Green Alley.

3:30 p.m.
Participants and guests will be admitted to the North Grounds Recreation Center. The Darden ceremony immediately precedes the Law School ceremony; please do not arrive before the designated time, as space is extremely limited in NGRC.

3:45 p.m.
Graduates should be seated by 3:45 p.m.

4 p.m.
Ceremony begins.
 

Details on the Sunday Ceremonies

At the beginning of the University-Wide Final Exercises on the Lawn, law students march together down the Lawn from the gathering point in Rotunda Alley to seats in front of Cabell Hall, where they will, at an appropriate point in the program, be conferred their degrees en masse. Law Students will march down the Lawn in two non-alphabetized lines, each led by four faculty marshals, as part of the University's general processional composed of faculty and graduates from all the schools. The path you will take while marching down the Lawn will be closer to the east side of the Lawn than to the west side.
After the University-Wide Final Exercises, you should proceed immediately to the Law Grounds and find your seat for the Law School ceremony in front of Clay Hall on Holcombe Green Lawn. The seats are arranged alphabetically, and student and staff marshals will be available to assist you. Your name will be taped to the back of your seat. The J.D. graduates are seated first, followed by the joint degree graduates, the LL.M. graduates and the S.J.D. graduates. Each graduate will have a copy of the Law School and University programs on his or her chair.

The Law School ceremony will begin promptly at 1:15 p.m., which gives graduates only a short amount of time to get to the Law Grounds from the Lawn ceremony, which typically ends around 12:30. The quickest way will be to proceed west from the Lawn to the Chapel area, then catch the shuttle to the North Grounds via University Hall which will let you out on Duffy Boulevard up the hill from the Darden Gatehouse. There is no need to change buses at University Hall. Most buses that are loading in the vicinity of the UVA Chapel will take you to the North Grounds after the Lawn Ceremony. View the signage posted in this area or ask Transit personnel to ensure you get on the correct bus.

Once the graduates are in their seats and the faculty has assembled, the faculty will enter the Holcombe Green Lawn area and take their places on the stage. The Massanutten Brass Quintet will provide music for the processional.

Following remarks by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy and the presentation of graduation awards, the graduates will be hooded and presented with their diplomas. At the appropriate time, student marshals will ask each row of graduates to rise and be hooded by professors just before going on stage. Graduates will be hooded by the first available professor. Each graduate's name will be announced and Dean Mahoney will present the diplomas. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate. After receiving your diploma, you should proceed back to your seat while others receive theirs.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, you may join friends and family directly. Please do not forget to return your rented gown and hood before leaving the Holcombe Green Lawn area! (You may keep the cap and tassel.) Following the ceremony, the Law School Foundation will provide cookies and lemonade in Caplin Pavilion and in Withers-Brown Hall near the Library.

In the event bad weather forces the ceremony inside, the program will be approximately the same. In the case of severe weather (no ceremony on the UVA Lawn), Dean Mahoney will confer the degrees before distributing the diplomas.

Photography

Professional photographers will take pictures of each graduate as he/she receives his/her diploma and exits the stage at the Law School (the photographers will contact you by mail shortly afterwards).

Video of the Ceremony

A professional two-camera videorecording of the Law School ceremony is available to order on Blu-Ray or standard definition DVD.
 

For More Information

Sherry Morris in the Career Services Office and SBA Graduation Committee members can address specific questions or concerns regarding graduation not discussed here.