Final Exercises 2023

May 5, 2023 By , ,

With near-perfect weather for a second day in a row, the final group of the University of Virginia’s roughly 7,800 Class of 2023 graduates strolled the Lawn on Sunday to cap the University’s 194th Final Exercises.

On Sunday, architectural historian and Vice Provost of Academic Outreach Louis Nelson urged the graduates to “see the gap” between the ideal and the real when it comes to the historic treatment of minorities. And, he implored the students, “have to courage to tell the truth about who we have been” and to “have the courage to close the gap.”

On Saturday, keynote speaker and Director of Athletics Carla Williams encouraged students to be willing to fight for themselves, but also quick to extend empathy to those in need of it.

On Friday at Valedictory Exercises in John Paul Jones Arena Jacqueline Novogratz, a 1983 alumna, implored the students to take chances and to accept failures as both inevitable and as valuable teachers.

President Jim Ryan closed the weekend Sunday morning by telling the class not to forget the hardships they overcame, including COVID-19 and the shooting deaths of three classmates in November.

“Carry with you how it felt to be part of a community that faced a pandemic, and how, together, you helped each other through. Remember, because of this, that you can do hard things, together,” Ryan said. And then, referring to the jersey numbers of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry, he said, “Carry with you the numbers 1, 15, and 41, and what they mean to you.”

On this page, meet some of the members of UVA’s Class of 2023. And check back here frequently as we’ll be updating those stories and posting up-to-the-minute details for the University’s biggest weekend of the year.

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President Jim Ryan’s Graduation Address to the Class of 2023

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Sunday

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy graduates before the procession
Graduate with a disposable camera taking a picture of the photographer
Group of graduates waiting for the ceremony to begin
Group of students singing the Good Ol' Song
Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy graduate before the procession
The class of 2023 banner with a member of the IMPS, the class president and the Batten Dean before the procession
The color gaurd before the stage during the pledge of allegiance
Graduates celebrating the confering of degrees
From behind President Ryan looking out at the graduates
Two graduates celebrating with a hug
A soon to be graduate celebrating in dance as the process down the Lawn
The beginning of the procession upon the Rotunda steps
The military band processing down the Lawn
A soon to be engineering grad processing down the Lawn
Happy soon to be graduates processing down the Lawn
The rector at the podium addressing the graduating class of 2023
Louis Nelson at the podium addressing the graduating class of 2023
From behind the soon to be graduates looking up at the podium
Graduates celebrating the confering of degrees
The Homer statue among the graduates
Louis Nelson as he processes down the Lawn
The beginning of the procession down the Lawn
Family of graduates taking pictures and blowing kisses
From behind a graduate holding his daughter
A soon to be Batten graduate taking a selfie with the school banner
A soon to be graduate pointing at the camera
Balloons in fron of the Rotunda before the procession
A soon to be graduate singing before the procession

Louis Nelson’s Keynote Address to the Class of 2023

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Saturday

Saturday Graduation Address From Director of Athletics Carla Williams

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Valediction

Valediction Speaker: To Change the World, Lock Up Your Monsters and Unleash Better Angels

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Meet the Class

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Looking Back

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