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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is the speaker for Fall Convocation?

A.The speaker for Fall Convocation 2015 was Gregory Fairchild, the E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Darden School of Business at UVa.

Q. Who receives Intermediate Honors?

A. A certificate of Intermediate Honors is awarded to the top twenty percent of those students in each of the participating undergraduate schools (School of Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences, Curry School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, and School of Nursing) who enter the University directly from high school or prepatory school and earn at least 60 credits of course work in their first four regular semesters. For more details see the Academic Record on the University Registrar's site.

Q. How will I know if I am receiving Intermediate Honors?

A. Recipients of Intermediate Honors will be notified by their school. Contact the dean's office if you have questions about your eligibility.

Q. How many seating tickets will I receive for Fall Convocation?

Tickets are not required for Fall Convocation. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena. Guest seating will be available in sections 107, 108, and 109.

Q. Where will I pick up my cap and gown?

Students: Caps and gowns for Intermediate Honors recipients are available for pickup at the University Bookstore. Dates and times for pickup in 2016 will be announced at a later date.

These "one-way" caps and gowns do not need to be returned after the ceremony; they may be retained as keepsakes.

Faculty: Academic Regalia is not required. However, regalia can be rented through the University Bookstore at 924-3721.

Q. Where may I park?

Parking will be available at the John Paul Jones Arena (surface lot and parking garage) located on Massie Road (see University Map).

Q. Where will Intermediate Honors recipients and faculty members assemble?

Intermediate Honors recipients and faculty members should gather at the assembly points that have been designated for each school on the floor area behind the stage at the John Paul Jones Arena (Assembly and Procession Diagram is forthcoming). Assembly begins at 1:00 p.m.; all students and faculty should be at assembly points no later than 1:30 p.m. Faculty marshals will organize groups into columns. At 1:45 p.m., the faculty marshals will direct students and faculty from the assembly area for the start of the procession at 2:00 p.m. The grand marshal will proceed down the center aisle at the John Paul Jones Arena followed by the Intermediate Honors recipients and faculty members.

Q. When will I obtain my Intermediate Honors certificate?

Certificates will be distributed immediately following the ceremony in the entry foyer of the John Paul Jones Arena. For those who are unable to attend, certificates will be available at UREG (Office of the University Registrar) in Carruthers Hall. Those certificates that have not been picked up by November 30 will be mailed to the student's permanent address listed in the SIS/Student Information System.

Q. Are there accommodations at Fall Convocation for persons with disabilities?

Accommodations at Fall Convocation include:

For faculty members and students (with limited mobility) participating in the procession, please contact the Office of Major Events at 434-982-3099 to arrange for parking. For guests, accessible parking will be available in the surface parking lot adjacent to the John Paul Jones Arena (Accessible Parking Diagram is forthcoming).

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located inside the John Paul Jones Arena.

Individuals using wheelchairs and one companion may sit in the designated areas inside the John Paul Jones Arena. Signs designating accessible routes will be posted, and ushers will be available to assist you (Seating diagram is forthcoming).

Accommodations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Assistive listening devices are available at the arena for this event. To obtain one of these devices, visit the Guest Services desk in the main lobby. ASL interpreters will also be provided for this event. Guests requesting these services should inform an usher upon arrival at the John Paul Jones Arena and you will be directed to appropriate seating. For other accommodations not listed here, please contact Diana Davis at the Learning Needs and Evaluation Center at 434-243-5180 or by e-mail at

For additional questions about parking and seating, contact the Coordinator of Services for Persons with Disabilities at (434) 924-3095. Additional general accommodative needs information may be found on the John Paul Jones Arena web site here.

Q. What is the Third-Year Ring Ceremony? Who is eligible to participate?

The Third-Year Ring Ceremony is organized by the Third-Year Council. It is a time for third-year students and their families to celebrate the halfway mark in their University education. The ceremony culminates with the traditional placement of the class ring. All members of the class are welcome, regardless of whether or not they have ordered a ring.

Q. Is there a list of hotels in the Charlottesville area available?

A list of hotels can be viewed at the following web sites:

Q. Is there a list of restaurants in the Charlottesville area available?

A list of restaurants can be viewed at the following web site:

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