Scheduling Details for Finals Weekend 2015

June 6, 2014
To: 
Parents and Students of the Class of 2015
From: 
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

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Dear Class of 2015:

I am writing to let you know that the University has announced further scheduling details for Finals Weekend 2015.

Consistent with the results of the recent student survey, starting in 2015 there will be two Final Exercises ceremonies, with the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences on one day and all other schools on the other day. As a result of this change, the following three events, all with an undergraduate focus, will move to Friday, May 15, 2015, to avoid conflicting with Final Exercises and diploma ceremonies:

  • Valedictory Exercises
  • Donning of the Kente ceremony
  • Joint Commissioning Exercises for Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force Candidates

In looking at attendance estimates for each day, President Teresa Sullivan and Provost John Simon have decided that the 2015 Final Exercises ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 16. The Finals Exercises ceremony for the other schools will be on Sunday, May 17. Both ceremonies will be at 10 a.m.

The diploma ceremonies, which are hosted by individual schools and departments, will be held on the same day as each school's Final Exercises ceremony in 2015. For example, the more than 40 diploma ceremonies for Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday.

The Office of Major Events, which manages Finals Weekend, will regularly update its website with new information as it becomes available. You also will receive frequent updates from your class leaders during the fall and spring.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and productive summer as you prepare to return in the fall for a special year.

Sincerely,

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer


Dear Class of 2015 Parents:

I am writing to let you know that the University has announced further scheduling details for Finals Weekend 2015.

As communicated previously, a major restoration of the Rotunda, due to extend through the spring of 2016, will affect graduation activities in 2015. Consistent with the results of the recent survey asking students to voice their opinion on how graduation should be structured starting in 2015, there will be two Final Exercises ceremonies. The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences ceremony will take place on one day and all other schools on the other day.

As a result of this change, the following three events, all with an undergraduate focus, will move to Friday, May 15, 2015, to avoid conflicting with Final Exercises and diploma ceremonies:

  • Valedictory Exercises
  • Donning of the Kente ceremony
  • Joint Commissioning Exercises for Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force Candidates

In looking at attendance estimates for each day, President Teresa Sullivan and Provost John Simon have decided that the 2015 Final Exercises ceremony for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday, May 16. The Final Exercises ceremony for the others schools will be on Sunday, May 17. Both ceremonies will be at 10 a.m.

The diploma ceremonies, which are hosted by individual schools and departments, will be held on the same day as each school’s Final Exercises ceremony in 2015. For example, the more than 40 diploma ceremonies for Arts & Sciences will be on Saturday.

The Office of Major Events, which manages Finals Weekend, will regularly update its website with new information as it becomes available. Please check www.virginia.edu/finals throughout the year as you make plans. Students also will receive frequent updates from their class leaders during the fall and spring.

If you or other family members need to make hotel reservations, you are urged to do so as soon as possible. A list of Charlottesville-area accommodations is available at www.virginia.edu/placestostay. In addition, the University offers on-Grounds housing in air-conditioned residence halls along Alderman Road. Online registration will begin Sept. 2, 2014, and housing will be available May 14-18, 2015, at a cost of $62 per person per night, with a two-night minimum. Information is available on the Conference Services website.

I hope your summer is going well, and you are getting to enjoy some time with your student.

Warm regards,

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer