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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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Finals Weekend

Finals Weekend 2015 will be held May 15-17. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will have Final Exercises and department graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 16 and the other 10 schools will hold 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 will take place on Friday, May 15. A detailed schedule is available here.

The dates for Final Exercises have been set through 2018:

Final Exercises 2016: May 21 and 22
Final Exercises 2017: May 20 and 21
Final Exercises 2018: May 19 and 20

Archives of Finals Weekend

View archive files of Finals Weekend from 2001 to 2014.

Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation 2014 was held on Friday, October 31. The date for Fall Convocation 2015 will be announced in the Spring.

Archives of Fall Convocation

View archives of Fall Convocation ceremonies from 2003 to 2014.