General Information

Finals Weekend is an extraordinary milestone in each degree candidate's life as well as that of his or her guests. The information below will help you successfully navigate the weekend and make your experience truly memorable. We will continue to update this page, so please check back for updates.

Last updated: May 1, 2015

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Assembly and Procession
(Final Exercises on the Lawn)


ASSEMBLY

Students
Assembly points will be designated near the Lawn for each school's degree candidates. Assembly begins at 8:45 a.m.; all students should be at their designated assembly points no later than 9:15 a.m.

Saturday, May 15 (diagram)

  • College of Arts & Sciences: Rotunda Alley, Green Alley, and the East Range
  • Graduate Arts & Sciences: Poe Alley

Sunday, May 16 (diagram)

  • School of Architecture: Rotunda Alley
  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies: Upper tier of the Lawn
  • Curry School of Education: Green Alley
  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration: Poe Alley
  • Data Science Institute: Upper tier of the Lawn
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science: East Range
  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: Upper tier of the Lawn
  • School of Law: Rotunda Alley
  • McIntire School of Commerce: Poe Alley
  • School of Medicine: Upper tier of the Lawn
  • School of Nursing: Green Alley

Faculty
Those faculty members identified by their school to serve as faculty and processional marshals are to be at their school's designated assembly point near the Lawn by no later than 8:30 a.m. Faculty marshals, along with student marshals, will be responsible for organizing degree candidates into columns in preparation for the procession.

Faculty members who are not serving as a faculty or processional marshal, but still wish to participate in the ceremony should assemble on the north end of the Lawn in front of the Rotunda by 9:30 a.m.

Please refer to the appropriate assembly locations diagram: Saturday and Sunday.

PROCESSION

The procession will start promptly at 10 a.m. The order of the procession is:

  1. Grand Marshal

  2. Class of 2015 Banner Carrier

  3. Each school and college led by their respective dean

  4. Faculty members

  5. Grand Marshal
    (2nd trip down the Lawn)

  6. Platform Party

  7. Color Guard

At the end of the Final Exercises ceremony, the Grand Marshal, President's Party, and faculty will recess up the Lawn. Following the recessional, the ceremony will officially conclude and graduates and guests may leave their seating area.


As a reminder, alcohol is not permitted at the assembly points or on the Lawn during the Final Exercises ceremonies.

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August 2014/December 2014 Graduates Ceremony Participation

August 2014 and December 2014 Graduates planning to attend Finals Weekend 2015, please contact your school (or department if you are in Arts & Sciences or Engineering) in advance to confirm your intent to participate in the Final Exercises ceremony (Saturday: College and Graduate Arts & Sciences; Sunday: all other schools) and your school/department graduation ceremony. By doing so, the school/department will include you in planning and communicating about their ceremony.

 

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Caps and Gowns

STUDENTS

Complimentary Academic Regalia
Complimentary caps and gowns are available for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree candidates. With a valid photo ID, students may pick up their cap and gown from the UVA Bookstore at the following times:

Fourth-Year Week: February 2-6, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Caps and gowns for bachelor's degree candidates only

Graduate Grad Fair: March 23-27, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Caps and gowns for master’s and doctoral degree candidates only

Finals Week
Students unable to pick up their caps and gowns during the Fourth-Year Week or the Graduate Grad Fair may pick up their regalia at the following times:

Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

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

Purchased Academic Regalia - Doctoral Only
Academic regalia, including UVa custom doctoral regalia, is available for purchase through the UVA Bookstore. The order form, which is available here, must be completed by March 27 if you wish to receive your regalia in time for Final Exercises.  Order forms can be faxed to (434) 982-2165 or can be dropped off at the UVA Bookstore, which is located atop the 4th floor of the Central Grounds Parking Garage (map).

Rental Academic Regalia - Doctoral Only
Doctoral students also have the option to rent cloth regalia (for a fee) via the Jostens' "Home Ship Program" starting March 2. The order form will be available on the UVA Bookstore's website, and the ordering deadline is Friday, April 3, 2015.   

For questions about caps and gowns (“one-way”, purchased, or rental), please call the UVA Bookstore at (434) 924-3721 or (800) 759-4667.

Darden, Law, and Medicine Students
Darden, Law, and Medicine degree candidates will pick up their caps and gowns at their respective schools. Students will be notified by their respective school of the dates and times to pick up as well as return caps and gowns. Should you have questions, please contact:

Darden: Kitty Smiley (434) 924-4785 / chs3y@virginia.edu
Law: Lisa Napier (434) 924-3737 / lag5e@virginia.edu
Medicine: Alane Celli (434) 924-2875 / acc8j@virginia.edu

FACULTY

Rental Academic Regalia
Faculty in Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Continuing & Professional Studies, Data Science, Education, Leadership and Public Policy, and Nursing may rent caps and gowns through the UVA Bookstore's website starting March 2, 2015. The ordering deadline has been extended to Friday, April 10.

Rented caps and gowns may be picked up at the University Bookstore at the following times:

Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Rented caps and gowns must be returned to the University Bookstore at the following times:

Saturday, May 16 Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, May 18 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Individuals are responsible for the cost of unreturned regalia. A late fee of $20 will be charged for all rental regalia not returned by 5 p.m. on May 18.

Purchased Regalia
Academic regalia, including UVa custom regalia, is available for purchase from the UVA Bookstore. The order form, which is available here, must be completed by March 27 if you wish to receive your regalia in time for this year's Final Exercises ceremony.  Order forms can be faxed to (434) 982-2165 or can be dropped off at the UVA Bookstore, which is located atop the 4th floor of the Central Grounds Parking Garage (map).

For questions about rental or purchased academic regalia, please call the UVA Bookstore at (434) 924-3721 or (800) 759-4667.

Commerce, Engineering, Graduate Business, Law, and Medicine Faculty
Faculty members in Commerce, Engineering, Graduate Business, Law, and Medicine will pick up their caps and gowns in their respective schools and will return them to those locations.

 

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Diploma Information

Diplomas will be mailed within 6 weeks of Final Exercises to the student's identified Diploma Mailing Address. To update the Diploma Mailing Address after submission of the Application to Graduate, changes can be made in the SIS Student Center under Personal Information by May 1, 2015.

Replacement/Duplicate Diplomas For more information on replacement/duplicate diplomas, please visit UREG's website.


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Food Service/Food Stand Locations

FRIDAY, MAY 15

  • A food stand offering beverages and snacks will be open from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. on McCormick Road near Garrett Hall (map)

  • Einstein Bros Bagels in the University Bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., prior to Valedictory Exercises (map).

SATURDAY, MAY 16 - SUNDAY, MAY 17

  • Observatory Hill (O-Hill) Dining Hall will offer an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $5 + tax per person from 6 – 9 a.m. prior to Final Exercises (map).

  • Food Stands will be open from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the following locations (map):
    • West of the Rotunda near the Chapel
      • Water only
    • On McCormick Road between Patterson and Colonnade Alleys
      • Water, soda, and lemonade
      • Fresh fruit, granola bars, and chips
      • Ben & Jerry's ice cream
    • On McCormick Road near Garrett Hall on the West Range
      • Water, soda, coffee, juices, and Gatorade
      • Breakfast biscuits, pastries, and granola bars
      • Beginning mid-morning: chicken tenders, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and chips
    • Sidewalk between Thornton Hall and Chemical Engineering Research Building
      • Water, soda, and lemonade
      • Fresh fruit and granola bars
      • Beginning mid-morning: wraps and chips
    • Sidewalk outside Chemistry Building
      • Water and soda
      • Fresh fruit, granola bars, and chips
  • In addition to the food stands, the following locations will be open (map) :
    • University Bookstore – Einstein Bros Bagels from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Newcomb Hall - Pavilion XI Food Court
      • 1819 Supply Convenience Store from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
      • Food service from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.)


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Information Booths

FRIDAY, MAY 15

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • the Newcomb Hall Information Desk (first floor)
  • the Newcomb Hall Event Information Station (third floor)

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • on McCormick Road near Minor Hall
  • at the intersection of University Avenue and Rugby Road
A map of Friday's info booth locations is available here.

SATURDAY, MAY 16 - SUNDAY, MAY 17

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • east of the Rotunda near Brooks Hall

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • west of the Rotunda near the Chapel
  • on McCormick Road near Thornton Hall
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • on McCormick Road near Minor Hall
  • at the intersection of University Avenue and Rugby Road

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • the Newcomb Hall Information Desk (first floor)
  • the Newcomb Hall Event Information Station (third floor)
A map of the info booth locations on Saturday and Sunday is available here.


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Invitations/Announcements

Orders for Personalized Announcement Packages may be placed at the UVA Bookstore during Fourth-Year Week (February 2-6, 2015), by phone (1-800-433-0296), or online. There is not a formal deadline for ordering announcements, however early ordering is recommended. For questions, please contacts the UVA Bookstore at (434) 924-3721 or (800) 759-4667.


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Lodging, Travel, and Dining

Lodging

The University offers on-Grounds housing for guests attending Finals Weekend 2015. Guests will stay in the new dorms located in Alderman Road Residence Area. These air-conditioned hall-style accommodations include shared common area and bathrooms (gender specific). Each guest will receive a linen packet containing one set of sheets, one pillow, one washcloth, and one towel. Rooms are not equipped with hangers, iron or ironing board, hair dryers, or lamps (overhead lighting only).

Reservations must be made by the graduating student. Reservations will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact Conference Services at (434) 924-4479 or visit their Graduation Housing page.

For information on area hotels and room availability, contact the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (434) 293-6789 / (877) 386-1103 or visit their web site. A list of local hotels can also be found at the University's Places to Stay site.

Travel

The city of Charlottesville is located in Central Virginia, just two hours south of Washington, D.C. and one hour northwest of Richmond, VA. With a regional airport, Amtrak rail service, and Greyhound bus lines, travel to Charlottesville is a snap. UVa is easily accessible from Interstate 64, Route 29, and Route 250.

For information on air, train, and bus travel, visit the City of Charlottesville website.

Dining

Charlottesville is often described as a "foodie's paradise." The dining scene has been nationally recognized for the variety and quality of choices in the area, so you're sure to find the perfect match for any taste. A comprehensive list of restaurants and eateries can be found on the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


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Miscellaneous

ANIMALS

No animals other than service dogs will be permitted on the Lawn during Finals Weekend events.

FIRST AID

The Emergency Medical Services treatment area, staffed jointly by the University of Virginia Health System Special Event Medical Management team and Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad personnel, will be located on McCormick Road in front of Peabody Hall during the ceremonies on Friday (5/15), Saturday (5/16), and Sunday (5/17). If assistance is needed, alert an usher, police officer, or bus driver.

LOST AND FOUND

Location: Newcomb Hall, 1st floor information desk
Contact Information: (434) 924-3601 / reservenewcomb@virginia.edu
Hours of Operation:

Friday, May 15 - Sunday, May 17 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday, May 18 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MOTHERHOOD ROOM

Room 389 in Newcomb Hall will be available for nursing mothers and their infants from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday (5/15) - Sunday (5/17).

RESTROOMS

Signs will be posted to indicate restroom locations near the Lawn. A diagram indicating restroom locations is forthcoming.


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Parking and Shuttle Buses

During Finals Weekend, public parking will be unavailable throughout Central Grounds. Graduating students and guests are encouraged to park in the locations specified below and use the University's free shuttle bus service to travel to the various ceremonies and events.

Please Note: McCormick Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from University Avenue to the bridge crossing Emmet Street at the following times:

Friday, May 15 2 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Location

Parking

Shuttle Bus Service

John Paul
Jones Arena

295 Massie Rd; Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Fee: Complimentary parking will be available in both the JPJ surface lot and the parking garage.

Distance from the Lawn: Approximately a 25 minute walk to the Lawn

Accessible Parking: A designated area in this lot will be available for individuals in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. In order to park in this area, drivers are required to have a valid Disabled Parking Placard or license plate.

Shuttle buses will load near the main entrance of the arena (the loading zone will be depicted by signage).

Hours of Operation: 2 - 8 p.m.

Drop-off Location: McCormick Road in front of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library

Accessibility Shuttles: On Friday, all shuttle buses will be wheelchair accessible – some will accommodate two chairs and others four chairs.

Emmet/Ivy
Parking Garage

123 Emmet St; Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Fee: $5 per vehicle (cash only)

Distance from the Lawn: Approximately a 10 minute walk to the Lawn (with a moderate incline)

Shuttle service designated specifically for guests attending Valedictory Exercises will not be available from this location. However, the University Transit Service (UTS) will operate its normal weekday routes. Guests can use the Northline Connector to get to Central Grounds.

Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Drop-off Location(s): On McCormick Road in front of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library.

Central Grounds Parking Garage

400 Emmet St. Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Fee: Hourly Rate (cash only)

Distance from the Lawn: Less than a 10 minute walk to the Lawn (with a moderate incline)

Please Note: Limited parking available at this location

Shuttle service to Central Grounds will not be available from this location.

 

McCormick Road

Near the University Chapel (map)
No parking available in this location. Shuttle service designated specifically for guests attending Valedictory Exercises will not be available from this location. However, the University Transit Service (UTS) will operate its normal weekday routes.

Hours of Operation:7:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Drop-off Location(s): Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage (via the Northline Connector)

McCormick Road

In front of the Harrison Institute/ Small Special Collections Library (map)
No parking available in this location. Hours of Operation: 2 - 8 p.m.

Drop-off Location(s): John Paul Jones Arena

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 16 & SUNDAY, MAY 17

Location

Parking

Shuttle Bus Service

John Paul
Jones Arena

295 Massie Road; Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)


Fee: Complimentary parking will be available in the JPJ surface lot and parking garage.

Distance from the Lawn: Approximately a 25 minute walk to the Lawn

Please Note: Under the severe-weather plan, the parking lot and garage will fill quickly.

Shuttle buses will load near the main entrance of the arena (the loading zone will be depicted by signage).

Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run longer under the inclement and severe weather plans.

Drop-off Location(s): McCormick Road near the University Chapel and the school and department graduation ceremony locations (Shuttle Bus Map)

Please Note: Buses will not stop at school and department graduation ceremony sites until the conclusion of Final Exercises (approx. 12 p.m.).

University Hall (Overflow Parking)

300 Massie Rd; Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Fee: Complimentary parking will be available in this lot

Distance from the Lawn: Approximately a 25 minute walk to the Lawn

 

Shuttles going to/from Central Grounds will load directly across the street in the John Paul Jones Arena Parking lot. Please refer to the information listed above.

 

Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage

123 Emmet St; Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Fee: $5 per vehicle per day (cash only)

Distance from the Lawn: Approximately a 10 minute walk to the Lawn (with a moderate incline)

Shuttle service from this location will not be available.

Central Grounds Parking Garage

400 Emmet St.; Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)
Fee: $10 per vehicle per day (cash only)

Distance from the Lawn: Less than a 10 minute walk to the Lawn (with a moderate incline)

Please Note: Limited parking available at this location

Shuttle service from this location will not be available.

 

Scott Stadium

1815 Stadium Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 (map)

Fee: Complimentary parking will be available around Scott Stadium

Distance from the Lawn: Approximately a 20 minute walk to the Lawn

Shuttle Buses will load in the west parking lot of Scott Stadium (near the Student Activities Building)

Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run longer under the inclement and severe weather plans.

Drop-off Location(s): McCormick Road near the University Chapel and the school and department graduation ceremony locations (Shuttle Bus Map)

Please Note: Buses will not stop at school and department graduation ceremony sites until the conclusion of Final Exercises (approx. 12 p.m.).

McCormick Road

Near the University Chapel (map)
No parking available in this location.

Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run longer under the inclement and severe weather plans

Drop-off Location(s): John Paul Jones Arena, Scott Stadium, and the school and department graduation ceremonies (Shuttle Bus Map)

Please Note: Buses will not stop at school and department graduation ceremony sites until the conclusion of Final Exercises (approx. 12 p.m.).

McCormick Road

In front of the Harrison Institute/ Small Special Collections Library (map)
No parking available in this location. Accessibility Shuttles Only: Available only for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs and up to two companions.

Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run longer under the inclement and severe weather plans

Drop-off Location(s): John Paul Jones Arena (location of accessible parking) and the school and department graduation ceremony sites (Shuttle Bus Map)

Please Note: Buses will not stop at school and department graduation ceremony sites until the conclusion of Final Exercises (approx. 12 p.m.).


Parking Tip:

We recommend parking in the lot that is closest to your school/department graduation ceremony. To help make the determination as to which lot that is, please refer to the chart below:

Location

School/Department Graduation Ceremony Location

Recommended Parking Area

Central Grounds


  • Alumni Hall
  • Brooks Hall
  • Cabell Hall
  • Campbell Hall
  • Claude Moore Nursing Education Building
  • Drama Building
  • Garrett Hall
  • French House
  • Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
  • Hunter Smith Band Building
  • Jefferson Hall
  • Jordan Hall
  • The Lawn
  • Maury Hall
  • McIntire Amphitheatre
  • McKim Hall
  • McLeod Hall
  • Memorial Gymnasium
  • Minor Hall
  • Newcomb Hall
  • Pavilion Gardens
  • Ruffner Hall
  • South Lawn Commons Building (Nau & Gibson Halls)
  • University Chapel
  • Wilson Hall
  • Zehmer Hall

Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage*

John Paul Jones Arena**

University Hall***

 

 

North Grounds

  • Darden
  • John Paul Jones Arena
  • Law School
  • North Grounds

John Paul Jones Arena**

University Hall***

West Grounds

  • Aquatic & Fitness Center
  • Chemistry Building
  • Chemical Engineering Building
  • Clark Hall
  • Ern Commons
  • Gilmer Hall
  • Mechanical Engineering Building
  • Olsson Hall
  • Rice Hall
  • Slaughter Recreation Center
  • Student Activities Building
  • Thornton Hall (Darden Courtyard)
  • Wilsdorf Hall

Scott Stadium**


* Shuttle service is not available to/from this location.
** Shuttle service is available to/from this location.
*** Shuttle service is available, but guests must walk across the street to the John Paul Jones Arena.


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Programs (for Final Exercises)

Graduating Students

Graduating students do not need to pick up a copy of the Final Exercises program prior to the academic process. Programs will be placed in the seats of all graduating students.

Guests

Guests may pick up a Final Exercises program from the following:

  • The tent located adjacent to Rouss Hall (map)
  • Ushers stationed along the colonnades in the guest seating areas
  • The information booths located adjacent to the Lawn
  • The remote viewing locations


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Remote Viewing Locations (Final Exercises Ceremonies)

A live broadcast of Saturday's and Sunday's Final Exercises ceremonies will be shown on projection screens with open captioning in climate-controlled venues at the following locations across Grounds:

Building
Capacity
Location (map)

Alumni Hall Ballroom

397 seats

Emmet Street, near Central Grounds Parking Garage

Chemistry Building Auditorium

490 seats

McCormick Road, near Scott Stadium parking lots

Drama Building, Culbreth Theatre 520 seats Culbreth Road

Gilmer Hall Auditorium
(Room 130)

350 seats

McCormick Road, near McCormick Road Residence Area

Gilmer Hall Auditorium
(Room 190)

150 seats

McCormick Road, near McCormick Road Residence Area

Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library Auditorium

200 seats

near Central Ground Parking Garage

Newcomb Hall Ballroom

500 seats

near Central Grounds Parking Garage

Newcomb Hall Theatre

381 seats

near Central Grounds Parking Garage

Student Activities Building

450 seats

near Scott Stadium, in the west parking lot

Zehmer Hall Auditorium

200 seats

School of Continuing & Professional Studies, Milmont Lane

Remote Viewing Site Dedicated for Persons with Limited Mobility

Building
Capacity
Location
Newcomb Hall 3rd Floor 120 seats near Central Grounds Parking Garage (map)

Doors open at 8 a.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required. All sites are wheelchair accessible, but assistance may be necessary in the Chemistry Building.

Final Exercises on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 will also be streamed live on the web for those who wish to watch remotely. Please visit the Office of Major Events Live Webcast page to view the ceremony.


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Services for Persons with Disabilities

PARKING & SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

Friday, May 15

Parking:
A designated area located near the entrance of the John Paul Jones Arena will be available for individuals in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to park (map). A valid Disabled Parking Placard or license plate is required to park in this location.

Shuttle Service:
Between 2 - 8 p.m., complimentary shuttle bus service to/from Central Grounds will be available for guests attending Valedictory Exercises. There will not be “designated” accommodative shuttles on Friday afternoon. All shuttle buses will be wheelchair accessible – some will accommodate two chairs and others four chairs.

At JPJ, shuttle buses will load near the entrance of the arena (the loading zone will be indicated with signage) and will drop off/pick up guests on McCormick Road - in front of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library (map).

Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17

Parking:
A designated area located near the entrance of the John Paul Jones Arena will be available for individuals in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to park (map). A valid Disabled Parking Placard or license plate is required to park in this location.

Shuttle Service:
Complimentary shuttle buses will run continuously from 7 a.m. until the school and department graduation ceremonies conclude (approx. 5:30 p.m.). The buses will run longer if the inclement- or severe-weather plan is followed.

Unlike Friday, not all shuttle buses will be wheelchair accessible, so it is important that guests with mobility impairments and up to two companions board the Accommodative Shuttles from the John Paul Jones Arena.

At JPJ, buses will load near the entrance of the arena (the loading zone will be indicated with signage) and will drop off/pick up guests on McCormick Road - in front of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library. After Final Exercises, the accommodative shuttles will transport persons with mobility impairments and up to two companions to the various school and department graduation ceremony locations as well as back to the John Paul Jones Arena (map).

RESTROOMS

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms near the Lawn are located in the following buildings: Bryan Hall, Garrett Hall, New Cabell Hall, Newcomb Hall, and Clemons Library.

SEATING - FINAL EXERCISES

All guests attending Final Exercises on Saturday or Sunday will require a ticket. Individuals using wheelchairs (or guests with mobility challenges) and one companion may sit in the designated area in front of Cocke Hall. Limited seating is available in this section, which is not shaded. Because getting anywhere around the Lawn involves walking through heavily congested areas, guests requiring assistance may prefer to watch the ceremony in one of the climate-controlled auditoriums nearby (See Remote Viewing section).

DEAF/HARD OF HEARING

Seating for guests who wish to use the services of a sign language interpreter will be available for Valedictory Exercises and the two Final Exercises ceremonies. In addition, a live broadcast of both Final Exercises ceremonies will be open captioned and will be shown on the Lawn as well as at auditoriums nearby (See Remote Viewing section). If you or a member of your family is in need of either of these accommodations, please contact Laurie Shaffer, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Interpreter, at 434-243-5180 (v), 434-465-6579 (VP), or e-mail at lrs6z@virginia.edu by May 1.

WHEELCHAIR RENTAL

Moving around the Grounds involves traveling through heavily congested areas. Guests requiring assistance may wish to rent a wheelchair in advance of Finals Weekend. Wheelchairs are not available through the University; however, they may be rented in advance from the following local companies:

  • National Seating and Mobility Charlottesville: 434-971-8808
  • Robertson Home Medical: 800-768-7847 or 434-973-7847

Due to the heavy demand for rental wheelchairs, orders should be placed by no later than May 8. Click here to view the University's Accessibility Map.

For specific questions, contact the Coordinator of Services for Persons with Disabilities at 434-924-3095 or mo3a@virginia.edu by Wednesday, May 13.


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Stay Connected (Social Media)

In addition to the Finals Weekend website, we will use our social media accounts to publicize important information, photos, and helpful reminders:

You can join the conversation on any of the aforementioned platforms by using the official Finals Weekend hashtag: #UVAgrad


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Telephone Numbers

  • Caps & Gowns Information: 434-924-3721 or 800-759-4667 (HOOS)

  • Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau: 877-386-1103

  • Conference Services (on-Grounds housing): 434-924-4479

  • Coordinator of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services: 434-243-5180 (v); 434-465-6579 (VP)

  • Coordinator of Services for Persons with Disabilities: 434-924-3095

  • Office of Major Events: 434-982-3099


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Text Message Alerts

The University has set up a new service, uNotify, exclusively for Finals Weekend. By signing up, you will receive text messages notifying you of important information, including updates to the Finals Weekend schedule. To subscribe to this service, text the word "uvagrad" to 79516. You will receive a confirmation message shortly after signing up. After Finals Weekend, you will be automatically unsubscribed from the service.

Please note: this service is different from UVa Alerts, the text messaging system that notifies registered users of imminent threats or hazards facing the University population.


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Tickets

FINAL EXERCISES GUEST SEATING TICKETS

In 2015, there will be two Final Exercises ceremonies with the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences on Saturday (5/16) and all other schools on Sunday (5/17). To access the Lawn for either ceremony, tickets will be required for all guests. Graduates will receive four guest seating tickets for the Lawn.

If the ceremony is moved to John Paul Jones Arena under the severe-weather plan, graduates will be limited to three guests.

Graduates will not receive guest seating tickets for both Final Exercises ceremonies. They will only receive tickets for the day in which their school/department is invited to participate. For example, students in the College of Arts & Sciences will receive guest seating tickets (four for the Lawn with three of the tickets providing access to the arena) for Saturday's ceremony, whereas students in Engineering will receive guest seating tickets for Sunday's ceremony.

With a valid photo ID, graduates can pick up their guest seating tickets from the UVa Bookstore at the following times:

Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Candidates for M.D., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees will receive their guest seating tickets at cap and gown pick-up in their respective schools.

For Final Exercises, the graduates and the faculty will be seated on the Lawn in front of Old Cabell Hall.  Guest seating will be behind the student seating area and on the next three levels of the Lawn on either side of the processional route.

On the morning of each Final Exercises ceremony, ushers will begin collecting tickets and seating guests starting at 7:30 a.m. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. At 9:30 a.m. the center aisle of the Lawn will close in preparation for the procession, which is why we strongly encourage guests to be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. Once the center aisle closes, foot traffic from one side of the Lawn to the other will be prohibited. If guests need to leave the Lawn temporarily before/during Final Exercises, they must obtain a pass from an usher for re-entry.

Please note: For those individuals who do not have a guest seating ticket, they can watch a live stream of the ceremony in one of our climate-controlled, remote viewing locations located across Grounds. Tickets are not required for these venues. In addition, both Final Exercises ceremonies will be streamed live on the Finals Weekend live webcast page.

FOURTH-YEAR CLASS PARTY

Tickets are required to attend this event held at Alumni Hall. Each undergraduate member of the Class of 2015 will receive three complimentary tickets (one for the student and two for guests). With a valid photo ID, tickets will be available for pickup at the UVA Bookstore Wednesday, May 13 - Friday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VALEDICTORY EXERCISES

Tickets are not required to attend Valedictory Exercises. Should the ceremony be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena due to inclement weather, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Saving seats will not be permitted.

Alcohol is not permitted at any of these locations.


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Walking Tips

Guests who do not wish to use the complimentary bus shuttles are encouraged to walk to events around Grounds during Finals Weekend. Please use the maps below to navigate around the grounds. Please be sure to use sidewalks at all times. As needed, also be sure to use pedestrian traffic devices, crosswalks, and pedestrian bridges to safely cross streets. Many parts of Grounds have moderate to steep inclines.

Arts and Architecture Area
Central Grounds
Health System Area
McCormick Road Area
North Grounds
Scott Stadium Area

A Google map designed specifically for Friday of Finals Weekend is available here and a map for Saturday (5/16) and Sunday (5/17) is available here. This map includes the locations of the school/department graduation ceremony locations, info booths, food stands, bus stops, and remote viewing sites.


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Weather Plans

FRIDAY, MAY 15

In the case of inclement/severe weather, Valedictory Exercises will be moved from the Lawn to the John Paul Jones Arena. Announcements will be made by no later than 1 p.m. on local radio stations; the University's homepage; and the Office of Major Events' website, Twitter account, and Facebook page.

SATURDAY, MAY 16 & SUNDAY, MAY 17

There are three possible weather plans that may be implemented on Saturday and Sunday, and they are:

Fair Weather: Final Exercises will be held on the Lawn and selected school and department graduation ceremonies will be held outside.

Inclement Weather: In the event of rain without the presence of thunder, lightning, high winds, or other unsafe conditions, Final Exercises will be held on the Lawn and all school and department graduation ceremonies will be held indoors.

Severe Weather: If thunder, lightning, high winds, or other dangerous conditions are present, Final Exercises will be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena and all school and department graduation ceremonies will be held indoors.

Under this plan, there will be a limited procession (faculty and President's Party only). Graduating students should arrive at the arena by 9:15 a.m. and proceed directly to the seating area on the main floor of the arena. Faculty should be assembled in the Courtside Club, which is located on the bottom level of the arena, by no later than 9:45 a.m. Only guests with tickets will be allowed entry into the arena.

If the inclement- or severe-weather plan is implemented for Saturday's or Sunday's Final Exercises ceremony, announcements will be made by no later than 8 a.m. on local radio stations; the University's homepage; and the Office of Major Events' website, Twitter account, and Facebook page.


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