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End of Semester Updates for UVA Parents

December 21, 2017
All UVA Parents
Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear Parents:

Greetings from the Grounds as we close out the semester and the calendar year. I hope your student is enjoying time with family and friends now that the demands of papers, tests, and exams have subsided. Below are several updates and reminders that I hope you find helpful.

Cheer on the Cavaliers in the Military Bowl: Dec. 27 and 28 Events

UVA will take on Navy in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md. A limited number of tickets are still available for the game as well as for three fan events. Two fan events will take place on Wednesday evening, Dec. 27 – one in Washington, D.C., and another in Annapolis. On Thursday morning, Dec. 28, a pregame Cavalier Countdown Tailgate will take place in Annapolis. See the Virginia Sports website to purchase tickets and to sign up for the fan events.

Tips from the Career Center

Consider some of the following ideas for supporting your student as they reflect on the past semester and look for ways to actively explore their interests and career goals over Winter Break:

  • Encourage your student to explore Focus2 – a self-assessment tool that help students look at majors and occupations.
  • Help your student connect with others and learn networking in a safe environment.
  • Challenge your student to explore various industries and find upcoming opportunities in Handshake.
  • Remind your student to make an appointment with the Career Center during Winter Break and/or at the beginning of the spring semester.

The Career Center strives to support students' holistic career development to help them launch personally and professionally fulfilling lives. Please don't hesitate to connect with the center to learn how you can help them achieve this goal.

Flu Shots: The Best Defense

January and February are peak times for influenza. If your student has not received the flu shot, we recommend that they do so over Winter Break. Getting the flu shot cuts down on the prevalence of flu, which can spread rapidly in the close living quarters shared by students as well as prevent students from attending classes and meeting other obligations for up to a week. Be sure your student knows how to minimize the chances of getting the flu and what the symptoms entail by reviewing the Centers for Disease Control website.

Spring Break: Planning Ahead for Overseas Travel

With Spring Break coming up in early March (March 3-11), students may not yet be focused on getting ready for a safe trip. Students who are planning to travel outside the U.S. will find Student Health's International Travel Clinic a valuable resource for preparation. Immunizations, prescriptions, and general information are available through the clinic. Students are encouraged to make appointments as soon as possible. Some immunizations are needed as a series over time, and the clinic experiences high volume in the month before Spring Break. To learn more about this resource, please see the travel clinic webpage.

More News about Student Health

The University is moving forward with preliminary plans for construction of a new Student Health and Wellness Center, with an expected completion date of summer 2020. As Dr. Christopher Holstege, executive director of Student Health and Wellness, described in a recent presentation to the University's Board of Visitors, the need for greatly expanded space arises from a rapid evolution in services provided by the department as well as marked growth in the clinical, research, and educational arenas. The new center is envisioned as not only a place for students to receive medical services, but also a vibrant space where students have ready access to educational resources supporting their pursuit of individual health and wellness. Private fundraising efforts already have begun for the new center. Stay tuned for more information as the project progresses.

University Closed: Dec. 23, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

Please note that all University academic offices will close at the end of the business day on Friday, Dec. 22, and not reopen until Tuesday, Jan. 2. This includes Student Health, the Career Center, and other offices that are part of the Division of Student Affairs. For emergencies, however, a Dean-on-Call is always available by calling the UVA Police at 434-924-7166.

UVA Dining will be closed while the University is closed and then operating on a limited schedule through Jan. 14. Students who are returning for January Term and who live in a residence hall will be able to return to their residence hall on Jan 2. Students involved with Inter-Sorority Recruitment can return to their residence halls on Jan. 12. Given fewer students on Grounds prior to the start of classes, students are reminded to exercise usual safety precautions, such as not walking alone at night and locking doors and windows.

Best wishes to you, your student, and your entire family for a joyous holiday season. We look forward to serving you and your student in the new year. Please let me know if we can be of assistance to you.


Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Upcoming Dates

Through Jan. 16: Winter Break
Jan. 2-12: January Term
Jan. 14: First-year residence halls reopen for all residents
Jan. 17: Spring courses begin
Jan. 18: Priority Application Deadline for On-Grounds Housing
March 3-11: Spring Break
Spring courses end: May 1
Reading days: May 2, 6, 9
Spring exams begin: May 3
Spring exams end: May 11
First-year residence halls close: May 12, noon
May 18-20: Finals Weekend
Upperclass residence halls and residential colleges close: May 21, noon
May 19: Graduation Ceremony for College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
May 20: Graduation Ceremony for All Other Schools
May 18-19, 2019: Finals Weekend for Class of 2019
May 16-17, 2020: Finals Weekend for Class of 2020