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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.

Caps and Gowns

Complimentary Academic Regalia

Complimentary caps and gowns are available for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree candidates. With a valid photo ID, you can pick up your cap and gown from the UVA Bookstore in Spring 2021. The schedule is provided below.

Fourth-Year Cap & Gown Week: TBD

PhD and Master's Grad FairTBD

Finals Week (for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree candidates): If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown during Fourth-Year Week or the Graduate Grad Fair, you may pick up your regalia at the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 19 - Friday, May 21:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23:  7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.           

These complimentary "one-way" caps and gowns do not need to be returned after the ceremony; they may be retained as keepsakes.

Doctoral Students Only

Other options available to doctoral students:

Renting Regalia: The rental gown is made of black poplin, and it includes black velvet panels on the front of the gown and black velvet chevrons on the sleeves. It comes with a mortarboard and tassel. The PhD hood is trimmed in blue velvet and has a black poplin tail lined in orange and navy satin. The deadline for ordering a rental gown and/or a doctoral hood is 5 p.m. on April 6, 2021. These items will be available for pick up from the UVA Bookstore during the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 19 - Friday, May 21:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22:  7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23:  7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Purchasing UVA Custom Regalia: For doctoral degree candidates who wish to purchase custom regalia, the order deadline is March 26, 2021. Degree candidates have the option of purchasing any/all of the following:

  • Academic Gown -  UVA's custom gown is navy and includes two velvet panels on the front of the gown, each adorned with an orange Rotunda, and velvet chevrons with orange cording on the sleeves.
  • Academic Hood - Academic hoods are designed to represent your degree/discipline (the velvet trim) as well as your alma mater (the stain lining). UVA hoods contain a navy and orange satin lining. The color of the velvet trim is dictated by your specific degree/discipline. 
  • Tam - UVA tams are navy blue 6-cornered velvet with a 2-buttoned tassel. 

For questions about rental or purchased regalia, please email Teresa Hammond, Associate Director of the UVA Bookstore. 

Darden, Law, and Medicine Students

Darden, Law, and Medicine (Doctor of Medicine) degree candidates will pick up their caps and gowns at their respective schools. Students will be notified by their respective schools of the dates and times to pick up and return caps and gowns. Should you have questions, please contact the following school representatives: