Frequently Asked Questions
Questions related to the University-wide ceremony can often be answered by
visiting the Major Events website.
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.
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.
Information about the clear bag policy, as well as other policies for public safety, can
be found on the Major Events website.
Diplomas will be mailed within six weeks of your degree conferral date to the “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.
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.
Hooding Ceremony: Complimentary parking is available in the
parking garage located beside the Abbott Conference Center, at the Darden School
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