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We are excited to celebrate our graduates! At UVA, these events are often referred to as Final Exercises or Finals Weekend. Keep an eye on this page for up-to-date event details and answers to frequently asked questions. The University's Major Events webpage has comprehensive information on what to expect during Finals Weekend. This page will have specific information related to school events. This page will be updated with 2024 information as it becomes available.

2024 EHD Events

  • Friday, May 17 - 4:00pm - EHD Doctoral Hooding Ceremony - Darden School Auditorium
  • Saturday, May 18 - 7:00am - EHD Breakfast - Breneman Courtyard
  • Saturday, May 18 - 9:00am - Lawn Ceremony - the College, Batten and EHD
  • Saturday, May 18 - 12:00pm - EHD Diploma Ceremony - John Paul Jones Arena

Please note that in 2024 the School of Education and Human Development will participate in Saturday's Lawn Ceremony and host a Diploma Ceremony the same day.

Finals Weekend Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A stole is a light cloth worn over your graduation robe and it helps to indicate the school from which you are graduating. 

EHD will provide light blue stoles for all graduating undergraduate students. Stoles will be passed out to students at the undergraduate graduation celebration on May 1, 2024. After this stoles will be available in the Student Affairs Office from 8:30am-4:30pm until May 15th.

Lawn Ceremony: Degree candidates will receive a total of six (6) tickets to Final Exercises on the Lawn for use by family and guests. If Final Exercises is moved to John Paul Jones Arena under the severe weather plan, degree candidates will receive three (3) tickets. Degree candidates do not need a ticket to attend Final Exercises but will need to be wearing academic regalia to gain access to the Lawn or John Paul Jones Arena. Additional information regarding tickets can be found on UVA's Major Events website.

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


Tickets are not required for the doctoral hooding ceremony.

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.

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. Diplomas are overseen by the University Registrar.

During Finals Weekend, public parking near Central Grounds operates under different policies than during other times of the year. Graduating students and guests are encouraged to park in the locations specified via the UVA Major Events' parking webpage 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. Guests will need the parking code that was emailed to graduating doctoral students.

EHD Breakfast Reception, the Lawn Ceremony, & EHD Graduation
Ceremony at JPJ: Complimentary parking is available in the John Paul Jones Arena (JPJA) lot. 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.

If you missed the deadline (April 15th) to RSVP for the EHD graduation ceremony at JPJ, please come to JPJ by 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. We will ensure you are able to walk and have your name announced.

Finals Weekend 2024

Finals Weekend 2024 is Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19, 2024.

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