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Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral for Graduating Students

May 11, 2020
Class of 2020
Omar Elhaj and Ginny Brooks, Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations on finishing your last classes and exams at the University of Virginia. Although we graduate in very different circumstances than we expected, it is an incredible accomplishment nonetheless. We commend you for finishing your time at UVA despite the adversity, and hope you and yours are safe and well.

On Saturday, May 16, the University will host a Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral for the Class of 2020, including August and December 2019 grads, starting at 1 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to mark the conclusion of the academic year and allow us to graduate on time. It will feature remarks from President Jim Ryan, the conferral of degrees by the deans of all 12 schools, and surprise musical performances in honor of our class.

You as well as your families and friends can join the celebration live or access a recording afterwards. The Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral will be streamed on the following University-affiliated platforms:

From the Class of 2020 celebration website, on Saturday (5/16), you can access your school’s celebration-specific page, which will feature remarks from the dean and additional content honoring you and your fellow graduates.

We encourage you to use the #UVAGrad hashtag on social media this week and throughout the weekend to show how you are celebrating the occasion and to share your favorite UVA-related moments and memories. An aggregate of #UVAGrad posts will appear on the Class of 2020 celebration website.

As a reminder, this celebration is a moment to honor our class and confer degrees, not substitute for Final Exercises. A traditional, in-person Final Exercises ceremony will be held on Grounds either this fall, October 9-11, 2020, or next spring, May 28-30, 2021. Given the continued uncertainty about COVID-19, we recommend against making travel plans for October until a final decision has been announced. Next month, President Ryan will follow up with more definitive information about Final Exercises.

Congratulations. We are finishing strong. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors moving forward, and we hope to see you soon.


Omar Elhaj, Class of 2020 President
Ginny Brooks, Class of 2020 Vice President