UVA President Jim Ryan sent the following message on April 2, 2021:
Dear Class of 2021,
In light of Governor Northam’s revised guidance on graduation ceremonies, I am thrilled to announce that we are now planning to hold in-person Final Exercises this May.
All graduating students will have the opportunity to walk the Lawn and process to Scott Stadium for their ceremony. Each graduate will be permitted two guests in Scott Stadium. You can find more information, including the time and date for your School’s ceremony, on the major events website, where you will also be able to check for updates as more details become available.
I hope that these plans for in-person graduation activities come as welcome news to you and your families. It has been a challenging year, and I am looking forward to the chance to formally recognize—and rightfully celebrate—all you have accomplished. In partnership with each School, we will do our best to make the events meaningful and memorable.
Thank you for your patience as this planning has evolved. I wish you a successful and healthy conclusion to your spring semester and your time at UVA.
P.S. For those of you wondering, we will also be offering the Class of 2020 the chance to walk the Lawn and attend a special ceremony in May.