For the second sweltering day in a row, thousands of family members and spectators lined the University of Virginia’s Lawn on Sunday as graduates toting foil balloons in every shape imaginable paraded to Final Exercises in front of Old Cabell Hall.
This weekend marked the first return to the full custom of UVA graduations since 2019, before the pandemic canceled the 2020 Final Exercises and forced the modification of last year’s. More than 4,500 students received degrees Sunday, including 1,705 baccalaureate degrees and 2,414 graduate degrees. The keynote speaker was Dr. Taison Bell, a UVA alumnus and director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at UVA Health.
On Saturday, graduates from the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences received their degrees.