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The University of Virginia's Office of Major Events manages Finals Weekend (commencement), Fall Convocation, and Founder's Day events annually, along with other special events usually intended for a University-wide audience such as the Inauguration of President Teresa A. Sullivan and a 2013 visit from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Major Events is a part of the Office of the President.

If you have questions that are not answered on this web site, please contact our office at (434) 982-3099 or by email.

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Thomas Jefferson Awards

The Thomas Jefferson Awards are the highest honors given to members of the University community who have exemplified in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Jefferson, and thus advanced the objectives for which he founded the University. Nominations for the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Awards are to be submitted to tjaward@virginia.edu by noon on Friday, September 18, 2015. More information is available here.

Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation 2015 will be held on Friday, October 23 in the John Paul Jones Arena starting at 2:00 p.m.

Finals Weekend

The dates for Finals Weekend 2016 are Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22. The schedule for the weekend is available here.

The dates for Finals Weekend have been set through 2018:

Finals Weekend 2017: May 19 - 21
Finals Weekend 2018: May 18 - 20

For information on travel, lodging, and dining, please refer to the Visitor Information page.