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Important Notice

The information on this page is for Finals Weekend 2021. 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.

Final Exercises: Assembly and Procession Instructions

Assembly

Assembly points will be designated near the Lawn for each school's degree candidates. All students should arrive at their designated assembly points no later than 8:45 a.m. on the morning of their ceremony to allow adequate time to go through security screening. As a reminder:

  • Everyone, including graduating students, will be required to go through a metal detector.

  • The University’s clear bag policy will be in effect and will be subject to search.

  • Everyone wearing an outer garment (ex. an academic robe or coat) will be asked to open it for a visual inspection. 

  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

For additional safety & security information, including a list of prohibited items, please click here

 

Saturday, May 22

  • College of Arts & Sciences: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: Rotunda, Southeast Terrace & Southwest Terrace

To view the maps & diagrams that pertain to Saturday's ceremony (ex. the Assembly and Procession diagram), please click here

 

Sunday, May 23

  • School of Architecture: Rotunda, Northwest Terrace 

  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies: Poe Alley (West Range)

  • Curry School of Education: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Darden Graduate School of Business Administration: Poe Alley (West Range)

  • School of Data Science: Green Alley (East Range)

  • School of Engineering & Applied Science: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy: Rotunda, Northeast Terrace

  • School of Law: Green Alley (East Range)

  • McIntire School of Commerce: North Rotunda Plaza (near University Avenue)

  • School of Medicine: Rotunda, Southwest Terrace (Lawn side)

  • School of Nursing: Rotunda, Southeast Terrace (Lawn side)

To view the maps & diagrams that pertain to Sunday's ceremony (ex. the Assembly and Procession diagram), please click here.

 

The Procession 

Saturday, May 22

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

  • Grand Marshal
  • Class of 2021 Banner Carrier
  • The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences led by the Dean and the Banner Carrier
  • The College of Arts & Sciences led by the Dean and the Banner Carrier
  • Grand Marshal (2nd trip down the Lawn)
  • Platform Party (President Ryan, Board of Visitors, and Vice Presidents)
  • Color Guard

At the end of the Final Exercises ceremony, the grand marshal, platform 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.

Sunday, May 23

  • Grand Marshal
  • Class of 2021 Banner Carrier
  • Schools - Each school is led by their respective Dean and the Banner Carrier
    • Wave 1: Medicine, Nursing, Darden, and Law
    • Wave 2: Architecture, Batten, Continuing & Professional Studies, and Data Science
    • Wave 3: Engineering, Curry, and McIntire
  • Grand Marshal (2nd trip down the Lawn)
  • Platform Party (President Ryan, Board of Visitors, and Vice Presidents)
  • Color Guard

At the end of the Final Exercises ceremony, the grand marshal, platform 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.