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Two Lotteries for Graduates: Tickets and Gardens

April 16, 2019
Graduating Students
UVA Student Affairs on behalf of the Office of Major Events

Dear Graduates:

Final Exercises is almost here! Two special opportunities are available to you through lotteries.

Guest Ticket Lottery
The Office of Major Events has a very limited number of extra tickets available for Final Exercises on the Lawn on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. These tickets, available through a lottery system, are in addition to the six tickets each graduate will receive for the ceremony on either Saturday or Sunday. If you are interested in obtaining one additional guest seating ticket to the Lawn ceremony, please enter the lottery through the online form.

The deadline to enter the Ticket Lottery is Monday, April 29, at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by email on Wednesday, May 1, regarding how to receive their ticket. Please contact the Office of Major Events at if you have any questions about the Ticket Lottery. Additional information regarding Finals Weekend is available on the website.

Pavilion Garden Lottery
Graduates also can enter a lottery to reserve one of the Pavilion Gardens for use during Finals Weekend. The Gardens will be open during various time slots from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19. For more information about the Gardens, including capacity and regulations, please see the website or contact the Event Planning Services office in Newcomb Hall by email at or by phone at 434-924-7225.

You can enter Garden Lottery by completing the online form (different from the Ticket Lottery form). The deadline is Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m.

Best wishes,

UVA Student Affairs
on behalf of:

Office of Major Events
Event Planning Services