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Final Exercises

Final Exercises for the School of Data Science Class of 2024 will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Graduates are invited to attend two separate ceremonies, Walking of the Lawn and the School's Diploma Ceremony.

Walking of the Lawn is a University of Virginia tradition where graduates walk from the Rotunda down the historic Lawn and gather at Old Cabell Hall for the ceremonial speeches from the President of the University, deans, and guests of honor. Students must register in advance and are only allotted a small number of guest tickets. The event is broadcast live with several viewing areas available across the University. UVA Major Events posts information and updates on Final Exercises as they become available.

The School of Data Science Diploma Ceremony is on the same day following commencement ceremonies on the Lawn. This event is for data science graduates and includes recognition of each graduate, speeches by faculty and staff, award announcements, and a reception for graduates and their guests. Graduates are required to register and guest seating is limited.

Graduation FAQs

Do online M.S. in Data Science students attend graduation?

Yes, we encourage all online M.S. in Data Science students to join us for graduation.

How do I apply to graduate?

Students will need to apply to graduate through the Student Information System (SIS). See SIS FAQs for instructions.

Can you mail me my cap and gown?

No, the University does not mail regalia. The UVA Bookstore typically extends hours for graduates to pick up their regalia the weekend of graduation. More information on cap and gown pick-up can be found on the UVA Major Events website.

How do I stay engaged after graduation?

Graduates are encouraged to stay connected through the Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM). UVA students would love to learn from your experience! Joining VAM is a great opportunity to build meaningful connections with the UVA community. These relationships can also benefit you directly, including sharing industry specific knowledge, exploring career paths of interest, and strengthening your coaching and leadership skills. 

Beginning in the Fall of 2024, undergraduate students will be able to use Stellic to view their pathway to graduation. Learn more about Stellic implementation at the University of Virginia. 

For questions pertaining to graduation, such as where students can obtain a cap and gown, where to park, local accommodation, and more, see the UVA Major Events FAQ page for the most up to date information. 

For questions pertaining to the School of Data Science Diploma Ceremony, please email the Office of Student Affairs