April 20, 2017

Countdown to Final Exercises









Class of 2017 May 19-21 The Lawn

April 21, 2017

Final Exercises is the beginning of so many pursuits. With the greater good in their sights, more than 6,000 students and their 40,000 supporters will celebrate success and toast the future on May 19.

Event Details

Here you can find their stories, get the background on the 2017 speakers, and watch a retrospective of the academic year. Looking for information on parking, timing, locations and other logistics? This Major Events site has all the details. Check back here regularly for new stories and content.


Meet the Class of



Meet the 2017


Colombian President Santos, UVA’s Mcdowell, Pianta to Address Graduates

Juan Manuel Santos, a Nobel Laureate and president of Colombia, will address UVA students during Valedictory Exercises. Deborah E. McDowell, director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education, will speak at Finals Exercises.


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