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Finals Weekend

Important Notice

Read President Ryan's latest update about Final Exercises for the Class of 2021. This site will be updated as plans are finalized, so please check back as we get closer to May. Information regarding the postponed Final Exercises for the Class of 2020 is available here. Information regarding UVA's response to COVID-19 is available here.

Finals Weekend Policies, Public Safety & Security

To provide a safe environment for attendees, the University has implemented a clear bag policy and is utilizing metal detectors for the Final Exercises ceremonies.

Security enhancements include:

  • Metal detectors: Metal detectors will be used at the designated entrance points into Scott Stadium.

  • Clear Bag Policy: Attendees will only be able to carry the following style and size bag into the stadium:

    • A bag that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and does not exceed 12”x6”x12”

    • A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

    • One small clutch bag, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken to the event along with one clear plastic bag.

All other bags will not be permitted. A list of prohibited bags includes, but is not limited to: purses, backpacks, drawstring bags that are not clear, briefcases, coolers, fanny packs, luggage, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, and diaper bags.

Both graduates and guests attending Final Exercises are encouraged not to bring items that will delay lines to access the stadium.

Protests, Demonstrations and Other Expressive Activities

The University of Virginia respects and encourages free expressive activity by its students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, consistent with its educational mission, the University has established reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on such activities on University Grounds to assure that such activities are undertaken in ways that avoid disruption of University operations, and are consistent with its educational, employment, and safety responsibilities to its students, faculty, and staff. The University's policy on protests, demonstrations, and other expressive activities during Finals Weekend is available here.

More detailed information about the security checkpoints and prohibited items is forthcoming. Please continue to revisit this page in the coming weeks.


Last Updated: April 1, 2021