Marking a full return to the traditions of Final Exercises, thousands of University of Virginia students and thousands more family members and spectators massed on the Lawn and outside Old Cabell Hall as graduation ceremonies returned to their rightful home.
The 193rd Final Exercises took place Saturday and Sunday under sunny skies and some of the year’s warmest weather, leading President Jim Ryan to quip that the event was “the hottest show in town.”
Over the weekend, University awarded more than 7,800 degrees, including nearly 600 to first-generation college graduates.
Finals Weekend began Friday with the Valedictory Exercises at John Paul Jones Arena, with a keynote address from Ralph Sampson, a UVA alumnus and basketball legend.
On Saturday and Sunday, the graduation festivities returned where they were meant to be. For the first time since 2019, students paraded down the Lawn and took their seats in rows in front of Old Cabell Hall. In 2020 because of the pandemic, Final Exercises were virtual; last year, the procession walked down the Lawn, but continued to Scott Stadium, where graduates and spectators could safely spread out.
On this page, see photo galleries and read accounts of the weekend’s events, and discover stories about some of the graduates who earned their degrees.