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Finals 2020: General Info

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where can I access the Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral for the Class of 2020 that aired on May 16, 2020?

The Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral as well as the link to each schools' celebration-specific pages, the Year In Review video, and more can be found on the Class of 2020 Celebration website.

Where can I access the program for the Class of 2020's Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral?

To view and/or download the digital program, please click here. The program contains the names of all graduating students, class awards, and additional information.

Why is Final Exercises being held at Scott Stadium instead of the Lawn?

Governor Northam has amended VA Executive Order 72 to include a section on graduation ceremonies.  The new guidance, which applies only to graduation ceremonies and not to any other events, permits up to 5,000 participants for outdoor sites and 500 for indoor venues, or 30% of a facility’s capacity, whichever is lower, in addition to many other regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Scott Stadium is the only venue on Grounds where we could adhere to all the mandated regulations.

What is planned for the Final Exercises ceremonies?

The format of the event will be similar to the traditional Final Exercises ceremony held on the Lawn. The ceremony will begin with the academic procession down the Lawn en route to Scott Stadium and will feature a keynote speaker, a “re-conferral” of degrees, and close with the singing of The Good Old Song.  As with all other Final Exercises ceremonies, the degrees will be re-conferred en masse -- graduates are not recognized on an individual basis. For the complete run of show for both ceremonies, please click here.

Are graduating students required to participate in the procession starting at the Rotunda?

No. Graduates who don't want to participate in the procession or are unable to do so, they can be dropped off at the Stadium Road entrance of the South Parking Garage between 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 12:45-1:45 p.m. (map).

Can friends/family members stand along the procession route as the graduates process?

No. Due to strict guidelines outlined in the Governor's Executive Order, guests will not be permitted along the procession route. A live stream of the procession as students make their way from the Lawn to Scott Stadium will be played on the state-of-the-art 'Hoo Vision' video board in the stadium.

Are guests allowed to attend Final Exercises?

Per guidance from UVA Health, graduating students will be allowed two guests each for the Final Exercises ceremony in Scott Stadium. Official ticketing information and instructions will be released by the end of April, so please visit the Tickets page for additional information in the coming weeks.

What if financial constraints are preventing graduates from returning for the ceremony?

If financial constraints pose an obstacle for returning to Grounds for the May 16 ceremony, monetary assistance is available. The Hoos Coming Back Fund was established by generous alumni who wanted to ensure all members of the Class of 2020 were able to return for the rescheduled Final Exercises. Visit the Alumni Association’s Hoos Coming Back Fund page to apply. Funds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be awarded up to $500 per alum.

Are there COVID-19 protocols to which guests/graduates are expected to adhere?

Guests and graduates must adhere to all University and state COVID-19 protocols, including:

  • Wearing a mask on Grounds and during the ceremony at all times if not fully vaccinated
  • Staying home when sick or exhibiting symptoms
  • Class of 2020 graduates and guests are encouraged to obtain a negative COVID test prior to arriving in Charlottesville and to follow all travel advisories in place.

Can my child/children participate with me in the academic procession from the Rotunda to Scott Stadium?

For safety reasons, children are not allowed to participate in the academic procession.  Only faculty members and graduates are allowed to process during Final Exercises.

What happens if it rains during Final Exercises?

The ceremonies will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, Final Exercises may be delayed to a later time that day. Visit Weather Plan for additional information.

What should I wear to Final Exercises?

Final Exercises is held outdoors. Attire is a personal preference, but guests are encouraged to dress respectfully for the occasion and appropriately for the weather, and to wear comfortable shoes given the considerable amount of walking. Graduates and faculty will wear their caps and gowns and are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. The procession route from the Rotunda to the Scott Stadium is approx. one mile. The grass as well as ramps and steps located on the Lawn and at the stadium may be damp or slick during the ceremony, so wearing shoes with little to no heel is advised to prevent tripping or falling during the procession.

Can I bring or buy food at Scott Stadium during Final Exercises?

No food or beverages, except water, will be permitted in or sold at Scott Stadium.

What do you suggest I do regarding lodging?

For information on hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts, contact the Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Bureau toll free at (877) 386-1103 or visit their website. To reach the Visitors Bureau Reservations Hotline directly, call (800) 253-1271.

Will on-Grounds housing available for Final Exercises this year?

Due to the evolving situation and circumstances that continue to result from COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the University will not offer on-Grounds Finals Weekend accommodations for guests this year.

    What services do you provide for guests with limited mobility and/or disabilities?

    A variety of services are provided for guests with limited mobility and/or disabilities to include designated parking, reserved seating at Scott Stadium, sign language interpreters, and open captioning on the LED screen during Final Exercises. For additional information, please send an email to adacoordinator@virginia.edu. Please note that the University does not supply wheelchairs; however, they may be rented from local companies, and their contact information is available here.

    Does my baby/infant/toddler require a ticket to attend the Final Exercises ceremonies?

    Yes. All guests require a ticket to attend the Final Exercises ceremonies in Scott Stadium. Babies, infants, and toddlers count as guests.

    I'm a graduate who reserved tickets for the Final Exercises ceremony. My plans recently changed, and I am no longer able to participate in the ceremony. Do I need to cancel my ticket request?

    Yes, please contact the ticketing office [(434) 924-UVA1 / uvatickets@virginia.edu] to cancel your request.The cancel would apply to all tickets you have for the ceremony (i.e. your student ticket &  two guest tickets). By canceling, this helps us ensure we have an accurate count for those who will be in attendance at the ceremony.

    I'm a graduating student, and I was wondering what do I need to bring with me on the day of my final exercises ceremony?

    You will need to bring your smartphone with you, so you can show your ticket upon arrival at Scott Stadium. We also ask that you bring a photo ID. In the event your ticket does not scan, a photo ID will help the ticketing office staff know that you are permitted to participate in that ceremony.

    I'm a graduating student, and I did not receive an email from the Ticketing Office on Wednesday, May 12 with the links to my student and guest tickets. What do I need to do to ensure I can attend the Final Exercises ceremony?

    All student and student guest tickets were delivered on Wednesday, May 12. Tickets were sent from uvatickets@virginia.edu to the primary email address on each student's UVAShots account. Please be sure to check the promotions/junk/bulk folders of your email. If you did not receive, or can't find your ticket delivery email, you can log in to your UVAShots account to download your ticket and transfer your guest tickets. Please note that you can transfer your guest tickets from a desktop, but to download your ticket you must access UVAShots through your smartphone.

     

    Last Updated: May 14, 2021

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