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Classes of 2020, 2021 to walk the Lawn in May

Graduates walking the Lawn in 2019
Sanjay Suchak

After a yearlong wait, UVA’s Class of 2020 will be able to walk the Lawn and proceed to Scott Stadium for an in-person graduation ceremony on May 16.

The following weekend, the Class of 2021 will also participate in modified Final Exercises, with groupings by school, spread over three days from May 21 to 23.

Graduates from both classes will be allowed two guests each for the Scott Stadium ceremony. The ceremonies will be livestreamed, as will the processions from the Rotunda, down the Lawn to the stadium, according to an announcement in early April from UVA President James E. Ryan (Law ’92).

The protocols are in keeping with the latest guidance on graduations from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, which permits up to 5,000 participants for outdoor sites or 30 percent of a facility’s capacity, whichever is lower, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Guests will be required to wear masks on Grounds and during the ceremonies and should stay home if they are feeling sick or are exhibiting symptoms. No food or beverage, except water, will be permitted.

Depending on interest from the Class of 2020, a second ceremony might be held, to adhere with capacity guidelines. The ceremony will be held rain or shine and might be delayed until later in the day in the event of severe weather.

Final Exercises for the Class of 2021 will also be held rain or shine and might be delayed until the afternoon of May 23 or morning of May 24 in the event of severe weather.