• Graduation

  • Sunday, 21 May 2017

    2017 Graduation Day was Sunday, 21 May 2017. Graduation Weekend was Friday, 19 May – Sunday, 21 May. All important information pertaining to proceedings for UVA and Darden during Graduation can be found below. You can also access the 2017 graduation activities brochure.

     Darden Graduation Recording

    You can watch the Darden Graduation Ceremony via our recording on YouTube.

    UVA Information

    Darden Information


    Guests with a Darden parking pass will park at the Darden garage and take the shuttle to the John Paul Jones Arena, where they will catch the shuttle to UVA Central Grounds. Each graduate is allowed one (1) Darden parking pass. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m. Guests without a Darden parking pass must park at University Hall and take the shuttle to Darden.

    Tickets, Caps and Gowns

    Graduates must pick up their six (6) UVA Final Exercises tickets, two (2) North Grounds Recreation Center tickets (only used for inclement weather), and one (1) Darden parking pass in front of the student mailboxes in Saunders Hall at Darden on Friday, 19 May, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are not required for the Darden Graduation Ceremony if held at Flagler Court. Caps and gowns will be placed in student mailboxes on Friday morning for pickup. EMBA and GEMBA caps and gowns will be in the EMBA program office.

    Shuttle Service

    Graduation shuttle buses will transport attendees from Darden to the John Paul Jones Arena/University Hall area and then to Central Grounds for Final Exercises on the Lawn. After the Lawn ceremony, shuttle buses will load at the University Chapel to transport attendees to school and department graduation ceremonies, as well as the parking areas. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run longer under the inclement- and severe-weather plans.

    Food and Drink

    The Abbott Center Dining Room will offer a full breakfast buffet (eggs, pancakes, bacon, etc.) for purchase on Sunday from 7 – 9 a.m. Café 67 will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with grab and go food and drink available for purchase. Box lunches will be offered following the Darden Graduation ceremony for all graduates, guests, faculty, and staff compliments of the Darden School.


    The Darden Exchange Bookstore will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 20 May and Sunday, 21 May.

    Connect With Us

    Join the Graduation conversation using our event hashtag! #UVAGrad

    Tentative Schedule
    Sunday, 21 May 2017

    All events, times, and locations are subject to change.

    9:00 a.m. – Graduates Assemble for UVA Academic Procession
    Assemble for academic procession in Poe Alley (between Pavilions III and V). Graduates should wear their cap and gown with the tassel on the right front side of the cap.

    10:00 a.m. – UVA Academic Procession and Final Exercises, The Lawn
    Each graduate will receive six (6) tickets for the Lawn Ceremony. The graduate does not need a ticket, but must be wearing a cap and gown in order to gain access to the Lawn or John Paul Jones Arena. If the ceremony is moved to the John Paul Jones Arena (in the event of severe weather), graduates will be limited to three (3) guest tickets.

    12:30 p.m. – Graduates Assemble for Darden Procession
    Residential MBAs meet in the Darden Faculty Office Building, first floor. Executives MBA and Global Executives MBA students meet in the Classroom Building, first floor hallway, near Room 190. Graduates assemble alphabetically for Darden procession. If inclement or severe weather occurs, graduates meet at North Grounds Recreation Center after the UVA Lawn Ceremony.

    1:15 p.m. - Darden Graduation Ceremony, Flagler Court ( Inclement Weather Site: North Grounds Recreation Center)
    If held at North Grounds Recreation Center, seating is available for graduates and two guests. If held at Flagler Court, seating is on a first-come basis. No tickets required. A luncheon will immediately follow the ceremony.

    Locations are different for different weather plans. If you have questions or need assistance contact Rachel Dudzik.