Graduation 2020

Official Finals Information Hotline: (434) 982-3099
Official Finals website:

Finals Week Timeline

Monday, May 11th- Thursday 14th:

Cap/Gown, tickets (6-lawn; 5-diploma) pickup in Student Affairs rm 3129 Jill’s office (8:30 – 4:30)

Friday, May 15th:

Cap/Gown, tickets (6-lawn; 5-diploma) pickup in Student Affairs rm 3129 (8:30 – 12:00) – Student Affairs Offices close at NOON on Friday, so must be here by then for pickup!

Saturday, May 16th:

TIME TBD pm Graduation Reception location TBD for students and family members hosted by the Medical Alumni Association.

Sunday, May 17th:

8:15 am: Arrive at Old Med School. Class Picture will be taken PROMPTLY @ 8:30 am in front of Old Med School (wear gown, but not cap)

8:45 am-9:00 am: Follow Marshals to north portico of Rotunda

10:00 am- 12:15 pm: Lawn Ceremony

2:00 pm: Paramount opens for seating. Every guest age 2 or older must have a ticket. No additional seating is available at the venue. A live stream will be offered at the Public Library for overflow, which is one block away.

2:15 pm: Students report to upstairs assembly area of the Paramount; faculty in regalia go to Ballroom on ground floor

3:00 pm: Diploma Ceremony at Paramount Theater on downtown mall; General Admission ticket required for all guests

~ 4:00 pm: After Diploma Ceremony return Hood, Gown & Tam – boxes provided in Ballroom of the ground floor of the Paramount

Additional Information


Where do you park? Most students and family use the hospital parking garage on 11th street since it is open and free on Sunday. For the Diploma Ceremony, see map for parking options. There is a free Trolley that runs from the Women’s Center (next to Old Med School) every 30 minutes to the downtown mall where the Paramount Theater is located. Buses will be available during the day — see bus schedule.


All graduating students will receive 6 tickets for the Lawn Ceremony seating and 5 General Admission tickets for the Diploma Ceremony at the Paramount Theater. Students can give away tickets they will not use to other members of their class. There will be no standing room at the Lawn Ceremony for guests not having a “seat” ticket. Only guests with tickets will be admitted to the Paramount Theater (all children 2 & older must have a ticket.)

Severe Weather

If the forecast is heavy rain or severe weather on Sunday, President Ryan will decide by 8:00 am whether the Lawn Ceremony will be held. To see if the Lawn Ceremony is cancelled call the Information Hotline at 982-2908 or 924-SNOW or 243-SNOW. If the Lawn Ceremony is cancelled because of severe weather medical students do not go to John Paul Jones Arena. The Diploma Ceremony will still be held at the Paramount Theater (General Admission seating starts at 2:00; 2:15 students go upstairs to assemble).

Diploma and Class Pictures

We ask all guests to remain seated at the Diploma Ceremony at the Paramount. Graduation pictures are taken by local photographer. To order photos: (website for online orders coming soon).

Streaming the Ceremonies

Tune in online with real-time streaming video of graduation ceremonies on the Lawn from 9:30 – noon.

Tune in online for streaming video of the Diploma Ceremony at Paramount Theater.