Dear Parents and Guardians:
Congratulations to you and your student as they prepare to graduate from the University of Virginia. The end of this academic year spun us all into uncharted territory, but nonetheless, we share the satisfaction of achievement and accomplishment with you and your families. Thank you for supporting your student during these past few weeks of their academic career.
On Saturday, May 16, the University will host a Virtual Celebration and Degree Conferral for the Class of 2020 starting at 1 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, to mark the conclusion of the academic year and allow everyone 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. The celebration also will honor August and December 2019 graduates.
You 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:
- UVA Class of 2020 celebration website. From this website on Saturday, May 16, students and families can also access the graduating student’s school-specific page, which will feature remarks from the dean and additional content honoring graduates.
- UVA’s Facebook page
- The official UVA Twitter account
- President Jim Ryan’s Twitter account
- President Ryan’s Facebook page
- UVA Office of Major Events Twitter page
- UVA Office of Major Events Facebook page
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 graduates 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, and best wishes to you and your graduate.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer