2022 Finals Weekend Information


This webpage will be regularly updated as additional information is available.

Questions related to the University-wide ceremony can often be answered by visiting the Major Events website.


Schedule of Events


SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022

10:00 a.m. | Abbott Center Auditorium, Darden School of Business

     Doctoral Student Hooding Ceremony, for Doctoral students and their guests

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022

7:30 a.m. | Breneman Courtyard, School of Education and Human Development

     Graduating Student Breakfast, for all graduates and their guests

10:00 a.m. | University of Virginia Lawn (students line by by 9:15 a.m. at the latest)

     UVA Ceremony, this event is a ticketed event

     *EHD will host a live stream of the Lawn Ceremony in Holloway Hall, School of Education and Human Development

1:00 p.m. | John Paul Jones Arena (students line by by 12:15 p.m. at the latest)

     School of Education and Human Development Ceremony, for all graduates and their guests

Final Exercises Specifics


  • Important Guidelines

    How many guests participate in watching me graduate?

    Lawn Ceremony Each graduate will receive six tickets for guest seating on the Lawn. If the ceremony is moved to John Paul Jones Arena (due to inclement weather), graduates will be limited to three guest seating tickets. EHD Graduates will only receive guest seating tickets for the Sunday Final Exercises ceremony. There will be a live stream of the Lawn Ceremony hosted in Holloway Hall at the School of Education and Human Development.

    EHD Ceremony Graduates do not need tickets for guest seating at the EHD ceremony hosted at John Paul Jones Arena.

    What should I wear to Final Exercises?

    Final Exercises is held outdoors. Attire is a personal preference, but guests are encouraged to dress respectfully for the occasion and appropriately for the weather, and to wear comfortable shoes given the considerable amount of walking involved. Graduates and faculty will wear their caps and gowns which will provide them access to the Lawn and to John Paul Jones Arena (if the ceremony is moved inside due to inclement weather). The grass, as well as ramps and steps located on the Lawn may be damp or slick during Final Exercises. Graduates and faculty are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes with low heels to avoid falling or tripping during the Procession.

    Information on obtaining your cap and gown is detailed on the Major Events website.

    Can I bring a bag to Final Exercises?

    Information about the clear bag policy, as well as other policies for public safety, can be found on the Major Events website.

    Will I get my diploma at the ceremony?

    Diplomas will be mailed within six weeks of your degree conferral date to the your “diplomas mailing address” reflected in SIS. Diplomas are not handed out during the ceremony but rather students are handed a scroll. Please see the Diploma Information website for more information.

    Where should I park?

    During Finals Weekend, public parking near Central Grounds operate under different policies than during other times of the year. Graduating students and guests are encouraged to park in the locations specified on the parking website and use the University’s free shuttle service to travel to various ceremonies and events.

    Saturday, May 21 | Hooding Ceremony: complimentary parking is available in the parking garage located beside the Abbott Conference Center, at the Darden School

    Sunday, May 22 | EHD Breakfast Reception, the Lawn Ceremony, & EHD Graduation Ceremony at JPJ: complimentary parking is available in the John Paul Jones Arena (JPJA) lot, JPJA parking garage, as well as University Hall. Shuttle buses will load near the main entrance of JPJ and will drop off at McCormick Road near the University Chapel for the Lawn Ceremony. Shuttle service begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.

  • Faculty Marshals
  • Archived Emails to the Graduates