Final Exercises 2021

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 Celebrates the Class of 2021’s Achievements and Resilience

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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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#HoosAgainstHate

Open Letter to the Class of 2021 from UVA Black Alumni

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Sunday

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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Alexis Ohanian Addresses UVA’s Class of 2021

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Rita Dove Debuts Her Poem, ‘Daffodil,’ at UVA Final Exercises

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

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Saturday

Saturday Photos: Arts & Sciences Students Walk the Lawn

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Friday

Friday Photos: Students From 8 UVA Schools Graduate

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Valediction

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

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University of Virginia Valedictory Exercises 2021

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Class of 2020

Class of 2020: Memories and Moments From a Long-Anticipated Celebration

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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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Melody Barnes Addresses UVA’s Class of 2020

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Meet the Class of 2020

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