The 2021 Final Exercises offered a hopeful conclusion to one of the most unusual and difficult academic years in the University of Virginia’s 200-year history.

 

This year’s celebrations were different, as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, but they also were triumphant, as students from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 reflected and celebrated their accomplishments in the classroom and beyond.

Both classes began with the traditional procession down the Lawn from the Rotunda. New this year, the celebrations for the Class of 2021 ended with degree conferral ceremonies in Scott Stadium (degrees for the Class of 2020 were conferred last spring), in order to adhere to state directives on the sizes of graduation gatherings because of the pandemic.

Here, learn more about the celebrations, see photos and video from events from each day, and meet some of the University’s newest graduates.

UVA to Celebrate Historic Final Exercises, Spread Over Three Days This Weekend

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Reddit Co-Founder & Democracy Initiative Powerhouse Are UVA’s Finals Speakers

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What Families Need to Know About Tickets for Final Exercises

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UVA Announces Plans for In-Person Final Exercises for Classes of 2020, 2021

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Open Letter to the Class of 2021 from UVA Black Alumni

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Sunday Photos: Darden, Law and McIntire Students Celebrate

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President Jim Ryan’s Remarks to the Class of 2021

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Rector James Murray’s Address to the Classes of 2020, 2021

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Saturday Photos: Arts & Sciences Students Walk the Lawn

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Friday Photos: Students From 8 UVA Schools Graduate

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Valedictory Exercises, Featuring Former ‘SNL’ Star, Showcase Class of 2021’s Finest

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One Year Later, the Class of 2020 Relishes In-Person Celebrations

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Photos: The Class of 2020 Finally Gets to Walk the Lawn, Celebrate Together

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Meet the Class of 2020

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