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Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Schedule

Please see below for confirmed 2018 Family Weekend events. Check back for the most up-to-date schedule as Family Weekend approaches!

Friday Schedule


Declaring Independence: Creating and Re-creating America's Document

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, First Floor
This exhibit offers highlights of the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection, the most comprehensive collection of letters, documents, and early printings of the Declaration of Independence. Information about the exhibit is available online.


Flowerdew Hundred: Unearthing Virginia's History

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, Entry Level
Featuring archaeological artifacts from the University of Virginia's Flowerdew Hundred Collection, this exhibit presents material evidence of Virginia's early inhabitants: Native American stone tools and pottery shards; arms and armor used to defend the new colony; refined, imported wares from Europe; and American-made goods, including items manufactured by African Americans. The materials from UVA's Special Collections also on display—images from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century maps and books—illustrate the importance of the historical record in the study of material culture.


Notes on the State of Virginia: Place-Based Assemblages by Artist Suzanne Stryk

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, First Floor


UVA Health System: 200 Years of Learning, Research, & Care

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library, First Floor

The Fralin Museum of Art Exhibits: Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, Highlights from the Collection of Heywood and Cynthia Fralin, and Unexpected O’Keefe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Thomas H. Bayly Building, 155 Rugby Road
Visit the University's art museum, The Fralin Museum of Art, to enjoy special exhibitions and items from the museum's permanent collection. Visit the Fralin's website at


Women's Center Body Positivi-tea

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Women's Center Lounge (Ground Floor)
What is fat talk? What is the Body Positive program? How can we all promote body positivity in our communities? Join us for an interactive brunch and help us create a body positive culture at UVA! Learn about resources at UVA that help students with body image and related concerns. RSVP to Carol Gilbert at or 434-982-2902 for yourself and a friend, or for your Family Weekend guest.


School of Architecture Open Class

11:00 a.m.–11:50 p.m.
Campbell Hall 153
You are welcome to sit in on an open lecture of ARCH 3120: 20th Century History of Ideas.


Madison House Open House

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Madison House, 170 Rugby Road
Join the students and staff of Madison House for an open house to enjoy refreshments and time together, to learn about its volunteer and leadership programs, and to tour our building. Madison House serves as the student volunteer center for UVA, and has over 3,000 students participate in service every year.


School of Architecture: "Pathway to Practice" Panel Discussion

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Campbell Hall 205
Join us for a panel discussion entitled "Pathways to Practice."


Upperclass Student Housing Fair: Hoo's Living on-Grounds Again

11:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, Kaleidoscope Room
The University offers a number of different residence styles and locations for upperclass students -- apartments, traditional hallway-style rooms, residential colleges, and language houses -- options that provide a wide variety of experiences for student living! We encourage you to investigate each housing type as you craft your UVA experience. A representative from every upperclass community will be present to share their experience and to answer any questions that you may have about living on-Grounds.


Off-Grounds Housing Fair

11:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room
Pick up information and giveaways from area property management companies in the Newcomb South Meeting Room! Local landlords will have tables with details about off-Grounds housing availability and options for the 2019-2020 academic year.


School of Architecture Open Class

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
Wilson 403
You are welcome to sit in on an open lecture of ARCH 2150: Global Sustainability.


Parent and Faculty Lunch

12:00–1:00 p.m. and 1:00–2:00 p.m.
The Garden Room (located on the West Range of the Lawn)
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought is celebrating its 19th year of service to the University of Virginia community and we'd like to treat visiting parents to a free lunch with a few of our faculty. No lectures, quizzes or homework, just lunch and informal discussion in a private, on-Grounds Jeffersonian room.

Space is very limited, so we're requesting reservations for either a 12:00 p.m. or a 1:00 p.m. lunch. RSVP your name and time preference to: For more information, contact Prof. Charles Kromkowski (, and visit the Institute website.


Tour of McIntire School of Commerce

1:00–1:30 p.m.
Rouss & Robertson, Fourth Floor Lobby
Join us for a McIntire Student Ambassador-led tour of the McIntire School of Commerce. The tour will depart from the fourth floor lobby of Rouss & Robertson Halls.


M.S. in Commerce Admissions Information Session

2:00–2:45 p.m.
Rouss & Roberston 410


Fall Convocation and Intermediate Honors

2:00–4:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
President Ryan will present Intermediate Honors to third-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Architecture, School of Nursing and Curry School of Education. The Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest honor, will be presented to two members of the University community.

For more information, please visit Please note: parking is available in the arena parking lot and garage.


Library Tour

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Coffee & Careers

3:00–5:00 p.m.
1515 University Avenue
Come for the coffee but stay for the career chats! Bring a friend to 1515 to check out the Career Center space.


Class of 2020 Third-Year Ceremony

4:00–5:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
Class members will receive their rings in this annual event, formalizing the custom of wearing the class ring during the third year. Special guests from the University of Virginia faculty and university alumni, as well as musical groups from around Grounds, will be in attendance. The dress is business casual.


The Curry Experience: School of Education Open House/Reception

4:00–6:30 p.m.
Bavaro Atrium, Holloway Hall
Join Dean Bob Pianta and faculty for a lively and interactive event highlighting Curry’s dynamic undergraduate programs, followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Curry gives students tools and knowledge to impact their communities in a variety of ways. At our event, families and students will have an interactive experience of their own! Learn from our faculty about metabolic performance, design thinking, accents and accent modification, and how engineering design can help students understand STEM in the classroom.

Kinesiology: David Edwards, Assistant Professor; and Steve Malin, Assistant Professor, Co-Director, Applied Metabolism & Physiology Laboratory
Youth and Social Innovation: Melissa Levy, Assistant Professor; and Winx Lawrence, Professor, Program Director, Youth and Social Innovation
Speech Communication Disorders: Filip Loncke, Associate Professor; Robin Di Giacomo, SCJC Speech Language Pathologist; and Yoyo Yu, UVA Institute of World Languages
Teacher Education: Jennifer Chiu, Associate Professor


Class of 2020 Reception

5:00–6:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
A reception will follow the third-year ceremony.


Fourth-Year Event: A Taste of October Wine Tasting

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Garden VIII (Rain location: Newcomb South Meeting Room)
Fourth-year students and their parents are invited to spend an evening together, enjoying tastings of Charlottesville's best local wines in a garden adjacent to the historic Lawn! Take the time to enjoy October in Charlottesville, spend time together, and meet other fourth-year students and families!
*Only students and guests aged 21 and older will be admitted to this event


University Guides Candlelight Tour of the Lawn

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Lawn side of the Rotunda
This candlelight tour is given by fourth-year students and specially designed for this occasion. These tours often highlight aspects of the University's history and student life that are not frequently discussed. Examples of this in the past have ranged from ghost stories to the history of various student groups on Grounds to even a sing-a-long musical tour. The topics change from year to year, making the tours unique to the students giving them.


Family Weekend Dinner & Discussion: St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Catherine of Siena

6:15–8:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish (401 Alderman Road)
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought is hosting a light dinner and faculty-led discussion of how two saintly women of the Church spoke out against clerical and secular abuses in their times. Parents, students and siblings invited to attend. To help us plan for this event, reservations greatly appreciated. Email Dr. Jocelyn Moore (


Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner and Brisket Cook-Off

6:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Brody Jewish Center (1824 University Circle)
Welcome in Shabbat with the Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at UVA with our Annual Brisket Cookoff - a showdown of palatable proportions. Students, family, and friends are welcome to join for services, dinner, or stay for both. RSVP requested:


Baseball Orange and Blue Game (Game 1)

6:00–9:00 p.m.
Davenport Field at Disharoon Park


Dome Room Dinner

6:30–8:00 p.m.
The Rotunda Dome Room
Consider entering the lottery for our annual Dome Room Dinner! One of Family Weekend's most popular events, the dinner allows families to dine together in the University's original library, while listening to a lecture. See our Dome Room Dinners page for more information.


Black Voices Gospel Choir Concert

7:30-8:30 p.m.
Newcomb Ballroom
Black Voices sings music of the African American culture (i.e. anthems, spirituals, classical music, contemporary gospel, etc). Experience Christian love through gospel music and true fellowship!


Choral Showcase

8:00-10:00 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
Join the University Singers, UVA Chamber Singers, Virginia Glee Club, and Virginia Women’s Chorus for the traditional Family Weekend Choral Showcase in Old Cabell Hall on the famed Lawn at the University of Virginia. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and available through the UVA Arts Box Office (434.924.3376 or


McCormick Observatory Open House

8:00–10:00 p.m.
McCormick Observatory
Visit the observatory museum and see the historic McCormick 26-inch refractor telescope and a presentation by an astronomy faculty member. Weather permitting, there will be a viewing of the night sky. Parking available beside the Observatory.