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Friday, November 3, 2017

2017 Schedule

Please see below for confirmed 2017 Family Weekend events. Check back for the most up-to-date schedule as Family Weekend approaches!

Friday Schedule

Friday Featured Events

With so many amazing activities happening at Family Weekend, there are a lot of events to choose from! Some of our Friday favorites include:

Fall Convocation & Intermediate Honors
2:00 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena

Class of 2019 Third-Year Ceremony
4:00 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena

Black Voices Concert
7:30 p.m., Newcomb Ballroom

See below for more details and additional event information!


Australia: Defending the Ocean (Ghost Nets)

8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library, West Reading Room
View this exhibition including twenty-one sculptures made of discarded commercial fishing nets that washed up on the shore in the community of Pormpuraaw, north Queensland, Australia. See more information at the event website.


Book Traces

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, First Floor
View books from the collection that have been uniquely modified -- that include marginalia, inscriptions, artwork, and inserted objects such as photographs and correspondence. See more about the Book Traces project online.


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.


John Burroughs: In Letters and Art

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, Entry Level
Inspired by the recent conservation treatment of a portrait of Burroughs painted by Orlando Rouland, this exhibition brings an important American naturalist back to light.


The University of Virginia in 100 Objects

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, Entry Level
The story of the University of Virginia is through the objects its people have left behind – tangible evidence of the extraordinary men and women who have shaped UVA over its two-century history. More information about the exhibit at


School of Architecture Open Class

10:00–10:50 a.m.
Campbell Hall 158
You are welcome to sit in on an open lecture of ARCH 3120: 20th Century History of Ideas.


Women's Center Body Positivi-tea

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
1515 Building, Sunroom
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.


Swimming and Diving vs. Duke

11:00 a.m.
Aquatic & Fitness Center
($5 adults, $4 youth/senior citizen, University staff)


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 220B
Join us for a panel discussion entitled "Pathways to Practice."


Housing Resource 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 2018-2019 academic year.


McIntire School of Commerce Reception and Information Tables: Global Programs, Graduate Programs, Career Services, MBI

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Rouss/Roberston, Fourth Floor Lobby

Garden Room Lunches for Parents and Faculty Members

12:00–1:00 p.m. and 1:15–2:15 p.m.
The Garden Room (located on the West Range of the Lawn)
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought is celebrating its 18th 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.


The Fralin Museum of Art Exhibits:Dealer's Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966, and Selections from the Permanent Collection

12:00–5:00 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. Dealer's Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945–1966 is the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898–1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Visit the Fralin's website at


Tour of McIntire School of Commerce

12:30–1:00 p.m.
Rouss/Robertson Halls, Fourth Floor Lobby
Join us for a McIntire Student Ambassador-led tour of the McIntire School of Commerce. The 12:30 p.m. tour will depart from the fourth floor lobby of Rouss & Robertson Halls.


B.S. in Commerce Admissions Information Session

1:00–1:45 p.m.
Rouss/Roberston 120


Tour of McIntire School of Commerce

1:45–2:15 p.m.
Rouss/Robertson Halls, Room 120
Join us for a McIntire Student Ambassador-led tour of the McIntire School of Commerce. The 1:45 p.m. tour will depart from Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 120.


Fall Convocation and Intermediate Honors

2:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
President Sullivan 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.


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 new Career Center space.


Class of 2019 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. Questions? Contact


Free Lecture/Music Event

"Claudio Monteverdi: The Man and His Music"
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Minor Hall Auditorium
Music lovers and novices are invited to hear Fiona Hughes (violinist and Artistic Director of Charlottesville's Three Notch'd Road Ensemble) and Peter Walker (bass soloist) speak about the music and achievements of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), a famous Italian priest composer whose impact on both sacred and secular music truly is unparalleled. Live musical demonstrations included, so come, listen, and enjoy! Also check out Saturday's Student/Parent Field Trip event. Sponsored by the University faculty associated with the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought.


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 2019 Reception

5:00–7:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
A reception will follow the third-year ceremony.


Catholic Student & Family Weekend Open House

5:00–6:00 p.m.
Minor Hall Lobby
Before dashing off for dinner, stop by for refreshments and good cheer with UVA Catholic Hoos, University faculty associated with the St. Anselm Institute, and of course our local favorites, the Dominican Friars of St. Thomas University Parish!


Can You Shimmy?

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ern Commons
The Eta Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. hosts its annual "So, You Think You Can Shimmy?" event! The undergraduate brothers recruit and coach teams of undergraduate women from all around UVA on how to "stroll" and "shimmy" (one of the fraternity's traditional dances) like they do. Once prepared, the respective teams compete in a dance competition. Stop by and check out the fun performances!


University Guide Service Candlelight Tour of the Lawn

6:00 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.


Shabbat Services and Brisket Cook-Off

6:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Brody Jewish Center (1824 University Circle)
Families are invited to join students and staff for a festive Friday night Shabbat experience. Dress is casual. RSVP to


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 from Professor Tom Bateman. See our Dome Room Dinners page for more information.


Women's Volleyball vs. Clemson

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Memorial Gym
($5 adults, $4 youth/senior citizen, University staff)


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 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.