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For UVA Parents: Family Weekend, Inauguration Events, and More

October 15, 2018
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

Two special occasions will highlight the next two weeks at the University. This Friday, October 19, Jim Ryan will be officially inaugurated as the University's ninth president. Family Weekend will take place the following weekend, October 26-28. We hope you will be able to join us, either in person or virtually, for some of the many activities taking place between now and late October.

Inauguration of James E. Ryan
October 19-20
Only the ninth president in UVA's 200-year history, Jim Ryan will take the oath of office on Friday at 3 p.m. on the Lawn and will deliver remarks outlining his vision for the University's future. A livestream of the Installation Ceremony will be available through a link on the homepage or through UVA's Facebook page. Other activities, all open to the public, will focus on the three broad priorities President Ryan has named: discovery, community, and service. These activities include Profiles of Discovery on Friday morning, the Community Bridges 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, followed by the Celebration of Service and Double Take: Stories that Make You Think Twice. Students will be involved in all aspects of the inauguration celebration and are encouraged to attend as many events as possible.

Virginia vs. North Carolina
October 27, 12:20 p.m., Scott Stadium
Announced just today, kickoff time is 12:20 p.m. for the Family Weekend football game featuring the Cavaliers vs. the Tar Heels. Tickets are still available. Parents and family members can purchase significantly discounted tickets using the promo code: UVAFAMILY.

Family Weekend
October 26-28
The following are highlights of this event-filled weekend. Please check the schedule for additional events and specific details:

  • Open Classes and Open Houses (Friday morning and afternoon).
  • Upperclass Housing Fair (Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Learn about the many on-Grounds housing options available to students as they consider housing beyond their first year. A representative from each upperclass community will be available to share their experience and answer questions.
  • Off-Grounds Housing Fair (Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Information and giveaways will be available from Charlottesville-area landlords.
  • Coffee and Careers (Friday, 3 to 5 p.m.). Learn about the resources available to students, and visit one of the most popular student spots for studying and socializing – 1515 on the Corner. Hosted by the UVA Career Center.
  • Fall Convocation (Friday, 2 p.m.). All members of the UVA community are invited to this academic-focused celebration, which honors third-year students who have earned Intermediate Honors. Tom Katsouleas, provost and executive vice president, will be the keynote speaker. Complete details are available on the Fall Convocation website.
  • Third-Year Ceremony and Reception (Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.). Join in this special University tradition where third-year students celebrate the more-than-halfway mark and many receive their UVA rings.
  • CultureFest (Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). Enjoy performances, interactive tables, and international cuisine at this longtime Family Weekend tradition celebrating multiculturalism at UVA.
  • Study Abroad (Saturday). President Ryan has said he hopes every student can have at least one study abroad experience while an undergraduate. Come to a 30-minute information session to learn how you and your student can plan for this special opportunity.
  • Special Tours Celebrating African-Americans and Women (Sunday morning). Learn about the special history of African-Americans and women in relationship to the University's past.
  • And much more…concerts, class events, faculty lectures, and other special activities (even family Zumba and bouldering classes!) round out the weekend.

Fall Job and Internship Fair
October 24-25
This two-day fair hosted by the UVA Career Center will feature recruiters from more than 100 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Students from all majors seeking full-time employment or internship experiences should plan to attend. They can meet employers in person, learn about different organizations and positions, and share experiences that may lead to a great opportunity.

Accessibility Resources at UVA
Making the University accessible in every way possible is an important goal. Students recently received an email with reminders about a number of available resources. They include:

  • A new website assisting individuals with disabilities covers a range of information.
  • SensusAccess, a tool that converts file formats.
  • Report a Barrier, an online tool to report barriers to access anywhere within the University.
  • Read & Write, which offers tools to benefit individuals with learning disabilities, dyslexia, or visual impairments.

Students also can contact the Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) for assistance with temporary or permanent disabilities and to explore accommodations in courses and University-sponsored programs.

Megabus: New Service between Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.
As of October 12, Megabus began offering frequent nonstop service from the Amtrak station in Charlottesville to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Two trips per day are available Sundays, Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays. One trip per day is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased on the Megabus website. Fares start as low as $5. This is an independently operated service not associated with UVA.

January Term 2019: Registration Begins November 12
Students seeking to further enrich their academic program can find a number of opportunities through J-Term. Next year's session runs January 2-12. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

In Case You Missed It...
If you follow social media, you can find updates from our new president on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. In addition, here are four communications well worth your time to view and read:

2018-19 UVA Parent Handbook
We have a limited number of print copies of the handbook available. If you would like a copy, please email Kelly Simpson in my office and include your mailing address. The handbook also is available online in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

I hope to see many of you in the next two weeks as we honor President Ryan during the Inauguration celebration, and likewise, as we honor you, our parents and family members, during Family Weekend.

Warm regards,
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 21–25: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 7: Fall classes end
Dec. 10–18: Exams
Dec. 9, 13, 16: Reading Days
Dec. 19: First-year residence halls close at noon. Other residence halls remain open.
Dec. 19–Jan. 13: Winter Break
Jan. 2–12: January Term
Jan. 12: First-year residence halls reopen at noon
Jan. 14: Spring classes begin
March 9-17: Spring Break
April 30: Spring classes end
May 2-10: Exams
May 1, 5, 8: Reading Days
May 11: Residence halls close at noon. Graduating students and other approved late-stays can remain until Monday, May 20, at noon. Lawn and Range rooms close Tuesday, May 21, at noon.
May 17–19: Finals Weekend
May 17: Valedictory Exercises
May 18: Final Exercises for College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
May 19: Final Exercises for All Other Schools and Data Science Institute