Watch the May 23 ceremony live at virginia.edu/live
Final Exercises on May 23
- 8:15 a.m. Class of 2021 gathers at the Rotunda (see map)
- 8:30 a.m. East and West Gates at Scott Stadium open for guests, and McCormick Road, Stadium Road and University Avenue close in preparation for the procession
- 9 a.m. Academic procession begins down the Lawn and continues to Scott Stadium
- 10 a.m.-Noon Final Exercises ceremony at Scott Stadium
- 1 p.m. Law School will email a link to additional remarks to graduates
Graduates and guests should continue to monitor the Major Events site for details about the May 23 ceremony, especially if the weather is looking bad. The site also has information regarding the security procedures that will be followed; make sure guests are aware of the restrictions.
President Jim Ryan ’92 and Dean Risa Goluboff will speak at the Scott Stadium celebration, at which graduates from the Law School, Darden School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce will graduate. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, a UVA graduate, will address the audience via pre-recorded remarks.
At 1 p.m., the Law School will email graduates a link to a website featuring video messages from Dean Goluboff, outgoing Student Bar Association President Katharine M. Janes ’21 and commencement speaker Justice Cleo E. Powell ’82, as well as other content.
Please complete this short survey so we know if you are coming on May 23.
Where do graduates need to be and when?
On May 23, graduates need to be at the Rotunda at 8:15 a.m. The academic procession will begin at 9 a.m. Law will lead the procession down the Lawn and to Scott Stadium. The walk is approximately 1 mile, so please wear appropriate shoes. The ceremony at Scott Stadium will begin at 10 a.m. If you do not intend to walk the Lawn, you will need to meet the class at the Stadium Road entrance to the parking garage at Scott Stadium. To be safe, you should arrive no later than 9 a.m.
After you enter the stadium, you should sit where you are directed to sit. We hope that all Law graduates will be together when they enter so that they are seated together. If you enter late, you may end up seated with Darden or McIntire. The seats in the stadium will be placed with appropriate distancing; please do not move them. If you have been vaccinated for more than two weeks, or have had COVID-19 in the past 150 days, you are not required to wear a mask. All participants can wear a mask if they chose to do so.
The program will consist of remarks from University officials, including President Jim Ryan, remarks from Dean Risa Goluboff and an announcement of Law awards, and remarks from Darden and McIntire and announcement of their awards. Your degree will be conferred on you as a group by President Ryan.
What about guests and Scott Stadium procedures?
Graduates and their guests may arrive at 8:30 a.m. at Scott Stadium and can enter via the East and West Gates. Guests will not be permitted along the procession route, but the procession will be livestreamed into the stadium. The ceremony itself will also be livestreamed so that friends and family who cannot attend can watch the ceremony.
All attendees must follow the clear bag policy and go through metal detectors. Graduates should bring their student ID, and guests or graduates should bring devices that hold e-tickets. More about Finals Weekend policies, public safety and security
How do tickets work?
All guests and graduates need to have e-tickets (ticket information). Graduates can reserve tickets starting April 23 until May 2. E-tickets will be sent to graduates electronically by May 12. Graduates may forward the guest tickets to guests, but your ticket is not transferable. If graduates have guest tickets they are not using, they can forward them to a graduate who needs additional guest tickets.
For help managing your tickets, please contact email@example.com for assistance.
Can you get stuff (frames, alumni swag etc.) in the bookstore during graduation weekend?
Yes. The Law School will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on graduation weekend, and the bookstore will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, and from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 23. The bookstore will also be open the same hours on May 15 and May 16.
Regalia is available for all students in the class (make an appointment). If students have a problem with their regalia (too small, too big, tam does not fit), there is some limited ability to swap sizes the week before Final Exercises. Students can also informally swap with another graduate.
Please note that the regalia is rented, and it will need to be returned on May 23. The vendor, Jostens, will have a truck here in the Slaughter Hall Visitor parking lot starting at 12:30 p.m. Graduates should take their gown, hood and tam to the truck to drop them off. Graduates can keep the purple tassel. If graduates want a tam or a hood as a souvenir, you can purchase new items through the bookstore by emailing Diane Chamberlain.
Charge to the Class – April 30
The SBA Graduation Committee and the Law School Foundation have organized an enhanced Charge to the Class on April 30. An email from the committee will have more information about this event. Watch Professor Rachel Harmon’s Charge
Professional Photography – May 10-21
The SBA Graduation Committee and the Law School Foundation have also arranged for a professional photographer to take photos of graduates in their regalia the weeks of May 10 and May 17. Though all appointments have been taken, you can add yourself to the waiting list.
Faculty Send-Off Celebrations – May 17-21
Student Affairs has arranged to have faculty from students’ first-year preside over send-off celebrations during the week of May 17. Spaces are limited due to physical distancing requirements, and guests will not be permitted. A photographer will be on hand. Students can sign up for their top three time and date choices. Lists for each session will be finalized by May 10, so please sign up before then. Graduates are not required to participate. Graduates should wear their full regalia, and we will be observing social distancing. If you have been vaccinated for more than 2 weeks, or have had COVID-19 in the past 150 days, you are not required to wear a mask. All participants can wear a mask if they chose to do so.
In order for your name to be pronounced accurately during the send-off, please take a moment to record a video saying your name exactly how you would like for it to be said on that day. If you have an old introductory video, you can delete it and record a new video.
When graduates return their regalia after the ceremony, they should stop by the Student Affairs table to pick up a gift from the Law School. If graduates are not in Charlottesville, Student Affairs can send the gift.