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Events for Parents and Families

Parents and family members are welcome to visit UVA at any time. Final Exercises, Family Weekend, and Parent Orientation are times especially for parents and families. The University welcomes parents and family members at other activities and events, exhibits, and special programs.

Final Exercises

Final Exercises, or commencement, occur each May for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. In 2019, the Final Exercises ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 18, and the other 10 schools and the Data Science Institute will hold Final Exercises on Sunday, May 19.

Barring severe weather conditions, both Final Exercises ceremonies (on Saturday and Sunday mornings) take place on the Lawn. Details are on the web, but some important things to keep in mind:

  • Tickets are required for both Lawn ceremonies. Please visit the Finals website for guest seating ticket information. Seating opens at 7:30 a.m., with the academic procession starting at 10 a.m.
  • Guests without tickets are welcome to watch the ceremonies from air-conditioned remote viewing locations in several locations on the Grounds.
  • The University suggests parking in the large, designated UVA parking areas (such as the lots at Scott Stadium or John Paul Jones Arena/University Hall) and using the shuttle bus service to reach the ceremonies.
  • Area accommodations fill up fast for Finals Weekend, so it is advisable to make reservations as soon as possible. Many hotels will accept reservations for the coming year on the day after Finals of the current year. Some hold telephone lotteries in June. Since policies and practices vary among hotels, it is best to check with individual facilities.
  • To provide an affordable, on-Grounds housing option for guests attending Finals Weekend, the University offers student-style accommodations in dorm rooms located in the new Alderman Road hall-style residence area. Online registration for Finals Weekend in May usually begins during the prior September.
  • Dates for upcoming Final Exercises:
    • May 18 and 19, 2019
    • May 16 and 17, 2020
    • May 22 and 23, 2021
    • May 21 and 22, 2022

Family Weekend
October 26-28, 2018

A time especially for parents and family members, Family Weekend features a full schedule of activities, including open classes to attend, faculty presentations, cultural celebrations, open houses, concerts, and many other programs. Family Weekend is also a great time to get a feel for the day-to-day life of today’s students. Fall Convocation and the awarding of Intermediate Honors to third-year students officially mark the start of Family Weekend on Friday afternoon. The Third-Year Ceremony also takes place on Friday afternoon. Students who purchased UVA rings receive them at that time.

Educational Programs

The University of Virginia offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for parents, family members, and friends.

Lifetime Learning

An Alumni and Parent Engagement program, Lifetime Learning hosts programs on the Grounds, in locations around the country and the world, and online. You will find opportunities to expand your mind and broaden your horizons through lectures, symposia, talks, and online offerings.

Continuing and Executive Education

Whether you want to finish an undergraduate degree, earn a certificate in a specialty, or prepare for executive leadership, UVA offers programs in Charlottesville and around the state to meet the needs of adult learners.

Art and Exhibits

Stronger than ever, the fine and performing arts enrich the life of UVA in numerous ways. In addition to theater, music, and dance in various venues around the Grounds, the Fralin Museum of Art hosts exhibits, programs, and social events throughout the year. The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection offers educational public programs, including exhibits, tours, lectures, and concerts. Regular exhibits also are featured through the UVA Libraries.

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Humanities hosts the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville in March, featuring more than 200 authors and book professionals in educational programs for adults, children, and youth.

Virginia Film Festival

Every fall, the Virginia Film Festival attracts thousands of film enthusiasts from across the country. The 2018 festival takes place November 1-4.

Lectures, Concerts, Speakers

The University Calendar lists University-wide events of general interest, including public lectures, concerts, and presentations, as well as student events.

OAAA Parents Advisory Association

Based in the Office of African-American Affairs, the Parents Advisory Association is an important component of a holistic approach to student retention, where parents and University administrators, faculty, and staff work in partnership to support African-American students. The organization has been influential in assisting the University with wide-ranging issues encompassing diversity and climate. The OAAA Parents Advisory Association sponsors activities in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Tidewater area of Virginia.

Sporting Events

The University knows that parents are some of its biggest fans. All parents and family members can support athletics by purchasing season tickets or single game tickets at or by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 1.800.542.UVA1 (8821). The athletics ticket office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.