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Final Exercises

Tickets will be required for all guests attending Final Exercises. Given the continued uncertainty about COVID-19, the number of tickets that each graduate will receive will be determined at a later date and will follow University and State guidelines. All graduating students will be notified via email when a decision has been made.

The graduate will not need a ticket, but must be wearing a cap and gown in order to gain access to the Lawn or John Paul Jones Arena (in the event of severe weather).

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 or during Final Exercises, they must obtain a pass from an usher for re-entry.

Please note: Guests without a Final Exercises seating ticket can watch a live stream of Final Exercises on the University of Virginia's website.


Last Updated: June 24, 2020