Large Crowds Anticipated for U.Va. Graduation Weekend

May 17, 2012 — More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend Final Exercises at the University of Virginia this weekend, which is likely to cause traffic congestion. Information about some of the events that will bring significant vehicular and pedestrian traffic to the area is noted below and on the Web.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend Saturday's Class Valedictory Exercises. Val Ackerman, U.Va. alumna and former president of the Women's National Basketball Association, will address the class on the Lawn at 11 a.m. In the event of inclement or severe weather, the event will be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena.

Sunday's Final Exercises will begin with the traditional procession down the Lawn at 10 a.m. U.Va. alumna Katie Couric will deliver the commencement address.

Following the Lawn ceremony, graduates will receive diplomas in separate ceremonies at various locations around Grounds.

McCormick Road will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. Sunday until about mid-afternoon between the Emmet Street bridge and the Chapel.


Free shuttle bus service will run continuously from Scott Stadium and University Hall to Central Grounds on Saturday and Sunday. Parking will be available at the following locations:

• Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage: 1,200 available spaces, no shuttle service
• John Paul Jones Arena: Limited parking, shuttle service available across Massie Road, near the west entrance of University Hall
• Scott Stadium: Shuttle will provide service near the entrance of the Student Activities Building.
• University Hall: Shuttle will provide service near the west entrance

For details about remote viewing sites, the live webcast of Sunday's ceremony, parking and a complete schedule of events, visit the Finals Weekend website.