Graduation Information for the Class of 2022

Graduation Information for the Class of 2022

UVA Finals Information for the Class of 2022 

Final Exercises on May 22, 2022

  • 10:00am – The Lawn, Academic Procession & Final Exercises
  • 1:15 p.m. – Law School, Front Lawn – Ceremony

Graduates and guests should continue to monitor the Major Events site for details about the May 22 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 Lawn celebration, at which graduates from the Law School, Darden School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce will graduate. Speaker TBA.

Where do graduates need to be and when?

More information to come. 

Parking?

More information to come. 

How do tickets work?

To access the Lawn, tickets will be required for all guests. As in the past, each graduate will receive six guest tickets for the Lawn ceremony. The graduate does not need a ticket but must be wearing a cap and gown to gain access to the Lawn or John Paul Jones Arena. If the ceremony is moved to the John Paul Jones Arena (in the event of severe weather), graduates will be limited to three guest tickets

Graduates will not receive guest tickets for both Final Exercises ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday. They will only receive tickets for the day in which his/her school is invited to participate. 

Graduates (with a valid photo ID) can pick up their guest tickets from the UVA Bookstore during the following times:

Wednesday, May 18 - Friday, May 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

For Final Exercises, graduates and faculty will be seated on the Lawn in front of Old Cabell Hall.  Guest seating will be behind the student seating area and on the next four levels of the Lawn on either side of the processional route.

On the morning of each Final Exercises ceremony, ushers will begin collecting tickets and seating guests starting at 7:30 a.m. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. since the center aisle of the Lawn will close in preparation for the procession at 9:30 a.m. Once the center aisle closes, foot traffic from one side of the Lawn to the other will be prohibited. If guests need to leave the Lawn temporarily before or during Final Exercises, they must obtain a pass from an usher for re-entry.

*Tickets are not required for the separate School of Law Ceremony held at the Law School* 

How many guest seating tickets for Final Exercises will my student receive?

Each graduate will receive six tickets for guest seating on the Lawn.  If the ceremony is moved to John Paul Jones Arena, graduates will be limited to three guest seating tickets. Graduates will not receive guest seating tickets for both Final Exercises ceremonies Saturday and Sunday. They will receive tickets for the day his/her school is invited to participate.

Additional guests are welcomed. Guests without a Final Exercises seating ticket can watch a live stream of the ceremony in one of our climate-controlled, Remote (Indoor) Viewing Locations. Tickets are not required for these venues. In addition, both Final Exercises ceremonies will be streamed live on the University of Virginia live webcast page.

Do children require tickets to attend Final Exercises on the Lawn?

Children two years old and younger do not require a ticket if sitting on someone's lap. All children older than 2 years old are required to have a guest seating ticket. Guests with children are also encouraged to take advantage of the Remote (Indoor) Viewing Locations. These locations are climate-controlled and located near indoor restrooms. In addition, these locations are less crowded than the seating area on the Lawn, allowing for more space for children to move around. Tickets are not required for these venues.

Can you get stuff (frames, alumni swag etc.) in the bookstore during graduation weekend?

Yes. More information to come.

Regalia

More information to come. 

Other details will be provided shortly.