‘Days on the Lawn’ Information Sessions for Admitted Students Are Back

April 4, 2022 By Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu

On Monday morning, as temperatures slowly rose from the upper 30s, high school seniors who have been admitted to the University of Virginia and their families excitedly filled the steps of the Rotunda, facing the Lawn, for the first “Days on the Lawn” session in two years.

The program – which had been suspended during the pandemic – offers in-depth, in-person information to admittees who are still deciding where they want to go to college.

Following a rousing performance by members of the Cavalier Marching Band, Robyn Hadley, UVA’s vice president and chief student affairs officer, offered effusive welcoming remarks to the large crowd.

“Is there anyone here from the Class of 2026?!” she called out to the crowd, getting a refrain of loud claps and cheers.

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Noting that she lives in one of the pavilions on the Lawn, Hadley said she had no doubt that in four years’ time, some of the prospective Hoos in attendance would be her neighbors, taking up residence in some of the Lawn rooms reserved for accomplished fourth-year students.


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Alita Robinson, a fourth-year student, also addressed the crowd. She is a Blue Ridge Scholar, a designation created in 2014 by Board of Visitors member John Griffin, who wanted to make world-class education a reality for excellent students facing financial barriers.

Robinson encouraged the students attending Monday’s event to seriously consider accepting their UVA offers, praising both the University’s academics and the joy of being a Cavalier.

With the conclusion of welcoming remarks, students and families fanned out in different directions for information sessions about the schools to which they had been accepted.

Days on the Lawn will occur on Mondays and Fridays for three consecutive weeks this month; the remaining dates are April 8, 11, 15, 18 and 22. Accepted students have until May 1 to reserve a spot in the Class of 2026, which enters in the fall.

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Robyn Hadley, UVA’s vice president and chief student affairs officer, delivers a hearty welcome to the admitted students and their families.
Many smiling young people sitting on a flight of marble steps
Visitors on the Rotunda steps listen to speakers before checking out UVA’s schools and housing options.
A young woman in a black shirt speaks into a microphone
Fourth-year student Alita Robinson encourages students to enroll because of superior academics and the fun of rooting on the Cavaliers.

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Following welcoming remarks, students and their families headed off for a day of informational programming and walking tours of Grounds.
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Current students guide admitted seniors on tours of UVA’s various undergraduate schools.
A circular auditorium is filled with seated people. A person at a podium smiles at five people seated onstage.
Students admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences gather for an information session with their families in Old Cabell Hall.

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