May 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 celebrated success over graduation weekend.

Here you can find their stories, see images and coverage of the weekend, and watch a retrospective of the academic year. See the Major Events site for other details from graduation. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!


Final Exercises


Pianta Advises Sunday Graduates to Build Fruitful Relationships in the Days Ahead

Graduates from 10 University schools and the Data Science Institute earned their degrees on Sunday and Dean Robert Pianta of the Curry School of Education spoke. More


Final Exercises


Sunshine, Smiles and Cheers as UVA Celebrates Saturday’s Graduates

On Saturday, the University of Virginia celebrated what President Teresa A. Sullivan called “its most joyful occasion”: the conferral of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees that represent years of patient work and dedication. More


Valedictory Exercises


Colombian President Tells Students: Use Failures to Achieve Success

Juan Manuel Santos, a Nobel Peace Laureate and the president of Colombia, cautioned University of Virginia graduates of the rocky road ahead, but he urged them to listen to their consciences. More

Service Awards Honor University Community Members at Valediction

University organizations on Friday awarded University community members with several service awards. More




Meet the Class of


What’s Next? UVA Grads Reveal Their Plans for the Future

Here’s a sample of soon-to-be alumni and their post-graduation pursuits in health care, technology, teaching, public service and more. More

From Their First Day to Their Last: Graduates Share UVA Photos and Memories

Members of the Class of 2017 share photos comparing their earliest days on Grounds with their last days before they walk the Lawn. More


Looking Back at


One Year. Three Minutes. So Much To Celebrate.

Final Exercises are almost here. Take three minutes to look back at just a few of the many remarkable events and people that made Grounds such an exciting place to be during the 2016-17 academic year. More


Final Exercises by the


Finals Weekend 2017, By the Numbers

Take a graphical glimpse at the numbers behind UVA’s 188th Final Exercises. More

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