Final Exercises 2019

As the University of Virginia celebrated Final Exercises over the weekend, the events generated stories, photos, video and social media posts of the memorable moments from one of the most joyful weekends of the year.

Below, hear from Pharrell Williams and his address to graduates during Friday’s Valedictory Exercises, watch powerful speeches from this year’s commencement speakers, and see some of the memories captured by photography. 

Most important, join us in celebrating the outstanding students of the Class of 2019, including those featured below. Let them tell you how they have served their UVA community, and how they will keep making a difference as, UVA degrees in hand, they start jobs, conduct research and serve others near and far.

Finals Sunday

UVA Confers Degrees Sunday Upon 4,000 Grads from 10 – Almost 11 – Schools


Photos: See Images from Sunday's Final Exercises 2019


Dean Dorrie K. Fontaine Addresses UVA's Class of 2019

UVA Final Exercises 2019: Sunday

Finals Saturday

Graduates of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences walked the Lawn on Saturday during the first of two days of Final Exercises 2019. (Photos by Dan Addison, Sanjay Suchak, Shannon Reres and Kristen Finn)

A Day of Joyful Celebration and Remembrance for 2019 UVA Arts & Sciences Grads


Photos: See Images from Saturday's Final Exercises 2019

Student and staff volunteers collected bouquets of balloons to take to the UVA Children’s Hospital. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

New Effort Donates Graduates’ Balloons to UVA Children’s Hospital


Dr. Cameron Webb Addresses the University of Virginia's Class of 2019

UVA Final Exercises 2019: Saturday

Valediction Friday

Pharrell Williams raised both hands in solidarity with a huge audience, who attended his Valedictory address Friday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

Pharrell Williams to the Class of 2019: ‘You guys are going to change the world!’


Pharrell Williams Addresses UVA Class of 2019

Nikhith Kalkunte, second from left, presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards to Jane Miller, left, Jordan Arnold, and the late Rehan Baddeliyanage, accepted by his brother Roshan Baddeliyanage. (Photos by Sanjay Suchak and Dan Addison, University Com

Class Awards Presented at Valedictory Exercises Friday


UVA's 2019 Valedictory Exercises

Capping It Off: See the Class of 2019’s Creative Mortarboard Designs

Capping It Off: See the Class of 2019’s Creative Mortarboard Designs


What’s Next for UVA’s Class of 2019?

Year in Review

Year in Review: This Was a Big One

What the Numbers Say About 25 Years of UVA Graduates




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