CS Graduation 2023

Scroll down this page to learn when and where CS diploma ceremonies happen, diploma ceremony ticket information, some info for students regarding the day-of graduation, plus various celebration opportunities! If you have questions that are not found on this page or the main major events page, please email cs-office@virginia.edu.

  • When and Where the Diploma Ceremonies Happen

    The B.A. Computer Science graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday. May 20, 2023 in Memorial Gymnasium at 11:30 am and last ~60 minutes. This is the same location for Fair, Inclement, and Severe weather. 

    The B.S., Master's, and P.h.D. Degree Computer Science graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 21 2022 in the Aquatics and Fitness Center at 12:00 pm and last approximately one and a half hours. This is the same location for Fair, Inclement, and Severe weather. 

  • CS Diploma Ceremony Ticket Information

    Attendance at the diploma ceremonies for Computer Science will be limited to primary majors, and up to six (6) guests for each graduate because of safety concerns and capacity limits enforced by the Fire Marshal at the various locations.  All guests will be required to present tickets to gain entry to the sites. If there is extra space after those with tickets have been admitted, then guests without tickets will be welcome to enter the sites.  To collect your tickets, please come to the CS Administrative front desk at 527 Rice Hall and be sure to bring your UVA ID, from Monday, April 24th through Thursday, May 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


    For information regarding the University Lawn Ceremony including tickets and cap/gown information, please visit the Major Events web site:  https://majorevents.virginia.edu/finals. Tickets for the Lawn ceremony are separate from the diploma ceremonies!

  • Information for CS students on Graduation Day

    CS Students - On Graduation Day:

    • Please arrive at your graduation location at least 30 to 45 minutes early if possible.
    • While attendance at graduation exercises is not mandatory, but those who do participate are expected to wear cap and gown or be dressed in suitable, dignified attire.
    • Note that there will be no food or snacks available at the diploma ceremony sites, and a limited about of water will be provided. Please inform your guests to plan accordingly.
    • Check in at the desk when arriving at your graduation location to pick up your name card. You will need this when you walk across the stage to hand to the Name Reader. 
    • Seats are not assigned, so you can sit anywhere in the designated student area.
    • Faculty Marshals will be on hand to direct you or answer any questions you may have. 
    • Once the ceremony begins and it is time to process towards the stage, the Faculty Marshals will direct each row one at a time to stand up and walk in a line to the stage. When it is your turn to walk across the stage, you will hand your name card to the Name Reader and stand at the mark facing the audience while your name is read and then, exit across the stage and return to your seat. A photo will also be taken during this time.
    • Actual diplomas will be mailed within six weeks of final exercises/after the actual degree conferral date to the student’s identified diploma mailing address. 
    • Photos will be taken by Grad Images during the awarding of your diploma. The company has provided a website for you to preregister for your photographs at http://www.gradimages.com. You may also contact them at (800) 261-2576
  • Celebrations for Graduates of the Class of 2023

    There are multiple opportunities to celebrate your accomplishments! 

    4th Year Garden Party - Thursday, April 20, 2023, Garden 8

    • The Engineering Student Council Fourth Year Committee is hosting a Garden Party at Garden 8 (on the Lawn) from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

    CS Department Meet & Greet - Friday morning, May 19, 2023, Rice Hall first floor

    • Stop by between 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to socialize with friends and faculty while enjoying a morning snack! RSVP by Monday, April 24th. 

    Class Party - Friday, May 19, 2023, Alumni Hall

    • Undergraduate members of the Class of 2023 can receive up to three tickets (one for the student, two guests) to the class party at Alumni Hall on Friday from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
    • Tickets will be available at the UVA Bookstore between May 17 - 19, visit this page for more details. 

    Engineering Ph.D. Reception - Saturday, May 20, 2023

    • Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 graduating Ph.D. students have been sent invitations to this reception to celebrate with their doctoral advisors. Check your email for the evite if you're a graduating Ph.D. student!