Individual School and Department Ceremonies, May 21 and 22
School and department graduation ceremonies will be held in the afternoon following Final Exercises Saturday and Sunday to recognize graduates individually for their academic accomplishments. Graduates will be presented with ceremonial scrolls, and the school or department will present various awards. Get more information on ceremony locations and times.
On both Saturday and Sunday, Final Exercises will end between 11:30 a.m. and noon. All graduating students should arrive at their designated assembly points no later than 8:45 a.m. on the morning of their ceremony to allow adequate time to go through security screening.
Tickets are required to access the Lawn ceremonies.
Each graduate will receive six tickets for the Lawn ceremony. The graduate does not need a ticket, but must be wearing a cap and gown in order to gain access to the Lawn (or John Paul Jones Arena in the event of severe weather).
Tickets will be distributed at the University Bookstore from May 18 to May 20 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets can also be picked up at the bookstore on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Tickets must be picked up in person by the graduating student with a valid photo identification.
By the Numbers
The University expects to confer 7,827 degrees on Finals Weekend.
That number consists of 4,529 baccalaureate degrees, 2,424 master’s degrees and 375 doctorates. UVA also expects to issue 328 Juris Doctor degrees and 165 Doctor of Medicine degrees, as well as confer degrees to six education specialists.
Doctor Of Medicine Degrees
Six of the baccalaureate degrees will be awarded to 19-year-olds. The oldest member of the Class of 2022 is 85. Eight students expected to graduate will have completed their coursework in two years or less.
Degrees Awarded To 19-Year-Olds
Age Of The Oldest Member Of The Class Of 2022
Number Of Students Expected To Graduate In Two Years Or Less
Ian Baucom, UVA’s executive vice president and provost, and J.J. Davis, the executive vice president and chief operating officer, sent a communitywide email Friday with COVID-19 guidance.
“As you may be aware, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the UVA community have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks,” it read. “While we do not intend to change our public health policies in advance of Finals Weekend, we have worked with University public health experts to develop a set of reminders and recommendations intended to help make Finals Weekend as safe and successful as possible for all involved.”
They asked those “experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19” to not attend Final Exercises, “even if you have tested negative for COVID-19 in advance of your arrival.”
They also “strongly recommended” that attendees be “fully up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots.”
They further advised that people attending indoor events or riding on shuttle buses wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and that all attendees consider taking a COVID-19 test before attending Final Exercises.
View the entire message.
Safety and Security
UVA has a clear-bag policy and will be using metal detectors to screen graduates and guests attending Final Exercises ceremonies.
Attendees are only allowed to carry the following style and size bag to the ceremonies:
- A bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, and does not exceed 12 x 6 x 12 inches.
- A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- One small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, can be taken to the event along with one clear plastic bag.
All other bags are not permitted.
Graduates and guests attending Final Exercises are encouraged not to bring items that will delay lines to access the Lawn.
Get further information on security checkpoints and a list of prohibited items, including flasks and other beverage containers. There will be numerous water stations and compostable cups for people on the Lawn. Bottled water will also be available for sale at concession stands on the Lawn. UVA will have free bottled water for graduating students in the assembly areas.
Attendees are encouraged to visit the Major Events website for more information, including weather plans, how to watch the livestream of Final Exercises, indoor viewing locations, services for persons with disabilities or limited mobility, parking and shuttle services, and more.