Aerial view of the Rotunda

Class of 2020 Celebration

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! This year’s celebrations honoring the Class of 2020, including August and December 2019 grads, will be unusual and unique, but the cause remains – celebrating the University of Virginia’s graduates and all of their accomplishments, resilience, talent and potential.

Join us on Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m. EDT for a Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral officially marking the conclusion of this extraordinary academic year. A traditional, in-person Final Exercises is also being planned on Grounds at a later date, when it is safe to gather again. To find more about UVA’s plans for Final Exercises, visit the FAQ.

Saturday’s virtual celebration will feature remarks from UVA President Jim Ryan, the conferral of degrees by the deans of UVA’s 12 schools, and surprise musical performances and messages to honor and celebrate graduating students.

Students and their families and friends around the world can watch the celebration here on this page and on the social media accounts of the University, President Ryan, and the Office of Major Events, and at Join the celebration at 1 p.m., EDT, or watch a recording of it any time after on these same channels.  

People are also encouraged to use the #UVAGrad hashtag on social media this weekend to celebrate and uplift the Class of 2020.

After the celebration, viewers will be directed to school-specific celebration pages, which will feature remarks from each school’s dean and additional content honoring the school’s graduating students.

To view the names of graduating students, class awards and additional information, download the program for the Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral. Learn more about UVA’s plans for a future Final Exercises ceremony on the Lawn on this FAQ.

University of Virginia
Class of 2020 Celebration

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Special Musical Guest
Year in Review Video
Conferral of Degrees
Student Musical Performance
Remarks, President Jim Ryan
Special Musical Guest
The Good Old Song



UVA Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration

UVA Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration

The University of Virginia celebrated the Class of 2020 virtually on May 16 - the class’s original graduation day - while planning in-person Final Exercises for a later date. Watch


Meet the Class of 2020


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