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.
Finals Weekend 2015 was held May 15-17. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences had Final Exercises and department graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 16 and the other 10 schools had Final Exercises and school and department graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 17. Valedictory Exercises, the Donning of the Kente ceremony, and Joint Commissioning Exercises for Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force candidates was held on Friday, May 15. A comprehensive recap of Finals Weekend, including video, pictures, articles, etc can be found here.
The dates for Finals Weekend have been set through 2018:
Finals Weekend 2016: May 20 - 22
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.
Archives of Finals Weekend
View the Finals Weekend archives from 2001 to 2014.
Fall Convocation 2015 will be held on Friday, October 23 in the John Paul Jones Arena starting at 2:00 p.m.
Archives of Fall Convocation
View archives of Fall Convocation ceremonies from 2003 to 2014.