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Finals Weekend

Important Notice

The University will make an announcement about plans for Final Exercises for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 by March 15, 2021.The information on this page pertains to a non-pandemic year. Significant updates will be made as soon as the University's plans for Finals Weekend 2021 have been finalized. 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.

August & December Graduates

Application for Graduation

In addition to completing any necessary graduation-related processes with your school and/or department, you will need to complete a graduation application in SIS for the semester in which you are graduating. More information.


  • August 2020 Graduates: July 1
  • December 2020 Graduates: October 1


Degree Conferral

Degree conferral for August graduates will appear in SIS in early September; December graduates in early January. Before ordering your official transcript, you should check your unofficial transcript in SIS to verify all grades have been entered, and the degree has been conferred and posted in SIS.

How to Get Your Diploma

Shortly after grades have been posted, diplomas will be mailed to the student’s Diploma Address in SIS. Graduates will receive an email when diplomas have been shipped. Please allow six to eight weeks from the shipment date for delivery to domestic addresses (International addresses may require additional delivery time).

To ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address, please verify your mailing information in SIS by July 1 (August graduates) and October 1 (December graduates).

For questions regarding your diploma, please contact the Office of the University Registrar by email.

Participation in Finals Weekend (May 21-23, 2021)  

To confirm your intent to participate in Final Exercises and/or your school/department graduation ceremony, please contact your school or department in advance.

Cap & Gown Pick-up

Information regarding dates and times to pick-up a cap and gown is available here.

Tickets for Final Exercises

Information regarding tickets for Finals Weekend is available here.