• Graduation

  • Sunday, 19 May 2019

    2019 Graduation Day was held Sunday, 19 May 2019. You can watch the recording of the ceremony here:

    All important information pertaining to proceedings for UVA and Darden during Graduation are listed in the 2019 graduation activities brochure below:  

    UVA Information

    Darden Information


    Guests with a Darden parking pass will park at the Darden garage and take the shuttle to the John Paul Jones Arena, where they will catch the shuttle to UVA Central Grounds. Each graduate is allowed one (1) Darden parking pass. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m. Guests without a Darden parking pass must park at University Hall and take the shuttle to Darden.

    Tickets, Caps and Gowns

    Graduates must pick up their six (6) UVA Final Exercises tickets, two (2) North Grounds Recreation Center tickets (only used for inclement weather), one (1) Darden parking pass and cap and gown from the Darden Exchange Bookstore between Wednesday, 15 May and Sunday, 19 May. Tickets are not required for the Darden Graduation Ceremony if held at Flagler Court.

    Shuttle Service

    Graduation shuttle buses will transport attendees from Darden to the John Paul Jones Arena/University Hall area and then to Central Grounds for Final Exercises on the Lawn. After the Lawn ceremony, shuttle buses will load at the University Chapel to transport attendees to school and department graduation ceremonies, as well as the parking areas. Shuttle service begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run longer under the inclement- and severe-weather plans.

    Food and Drink

    The Abbott Center Dining Room will offer a full breakfast buffet (eggs, pancakes, bacon, etc.) for purchase on Sunday from 7 – 9 a.m. Café 67 will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with grab and go food and drink available for purchase. Snack boxes will be offered following the Darden Graduation ceremony for all graduates, guests, faculty, and staff compliments of the Darden School.


    The Darden Exchange Bookstore will be open during Graduation Weekend (15-19 May, 2019) at the following times:

    • Wednesday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.

    Watch Graduation Live

    Darden offers several ways to watch the event live via mobile or desktop device.

    Connect With Us

    Join the Graduation conversation using our event hashtag! #UVAGrad

    For general graduation announcements and weather plan information via text alerts, text "Darden2019" to 79516.


    Sunday, 19 May 2019

    All events, times, and locations are subject to change. 

    9:00 a.m. – Graduates Assemble for UVA Academic Procession
    Assemble for academic procession in Poe Alley (between Pavilions III and V). Graduates should wear their cap and gown with the tassel on the right front side of the cap.

    10:00 a.m. – UVA Academic Procession and Final Exercises, The Lawn
    Each graduate will receive six (6) tickets for the Lawn Ceremony. The graduate does not need a ticket, but must be wearing a cap and gown in order to gain access to the Lawn or John Paul Jones Arena. If the ceremony is moved to the John Paul Jones Arena (in the event of severe weather), graduates will be limited to three (3) guest tickets.

    12:30 p.m. – Graduates Assemble for Darden Procession
    Residential MBAs meet in the Darden Faculty Office Building, first floor. Executives MBA and Global Executives MBA students meet in the Classroom Building, first floor hallway, near Room 190. Graduates assemble alphabetically for Darden procession. If inclement or severe weather occurs, graduates meet at North Grounds Recreation Center after the UVA Lawn Ceremony.

    1:15 p.m. - Darden Graduation Ceremony, Flagler Court ( Inclement Weather Site: North Grounds Recreation Center)
    If held at North Grounds Recreation Center, seating is available for graduates and two guests. If held at Flagler Court, seating is on a first-come basis. No tickets required. Refreshments will immediately follow the ceremony.

    Locations are different for different weather plans. If you have questions or need assistance contact Rachel Dudzik.