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Saturday, November 5, 2016

2016 Schedule

Note that this schedule reflects 2016 Family Weekend events, and is provided as a sample only. The 2017 schedule will be released in September.


Saturday Schedule

Rotunda Open House & Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
The Rotunda
Join us for a continental breakfast and coffee with fellow UVA parents and students while celebrating the re-opening of the Rotunda. The open house will include self-guided tours of the newly renovated Rotunda.


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.


Bookstore (Open Extended Hours)

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The bookstore will be open for extended hours during Family Weekend! Swing by and grab some UVA gear before you leave Grounds!


President's Address to Families and Students

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
President Sullivan will talk about academic programs and new opportunities for undergraduate students beyond the classroom, followed by a question-and-answer session for parents with University vice presidents, deans, and student leaders.


Family Weekend Brunch

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Observatory Hill (O'Hill) Dining Room, Runk Dining Hall, and Fresh Food Co. at Newcomb Hall. Student meal swipes accepted; parents eat free as guests of UVA Dining, as always!


University Guide Historical Tours

10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.
The Rotunda
Meet inside of The Rotunda for a historical tour of some of UVA's greatest landmarks led by the University Guide Service! Tours begin at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.



10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rain Site: Newcomb Ballroom
Culturefest features a variety of cultural performances, interactive tables, and international cuisine, completely produced and presented by UVA students. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Culturefest and this exciting celebration of multiculturalism at UVA. In addition, the International Tea Festival will partner with with Culturefest this year and occur during the festival. Free lunch provided.


Education Abroad Information Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Minor 125
Explore the possibilities your student has for education abroad! Take advantage of the opportunity to meet program faculty directors and to hear from education abroad returnees about their experiences. Presentations on education abroad and family's role in the process will take place every 30 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Advisors, program directors and education abroad returnees will also be on hand in the main lobby of Minor Hall to speak with families and answer questions. Please visit for further information about Education Abroad at UVA.


Casa Bolivar Open House

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1408 Jefferson Park Avenue
Interested in living in the Spanish House next academic year? Stop by the open house to get more information. Contact Elena S. Neacsu ( with questions. Refreshments will be served.


School of Engineering and Applied Science: Maximizing the UVA Experience & Designing Your Career

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chemistry Auditorium 402
Dean Benson invites you to learn about the myriad of opportunities and resources available in the of School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).


School of Nursing Event: Recognition Ceremony & Lunch

Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Old Cabell Hall Auditorium)
Lunch: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Pavilion IX and Lower Garden IX; Rain Site: McLeod Hall)
Join the Nursing School for a ceremony recognizing outstanding Nursing students followed by a reception in the garden behind Pavilion IX, home of the Nursing School Dean, Dorrie Fontaine.


Fraternity and Sorority Life Information Session

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room
Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority in the spring? Join the staff and members of the fraternity and sorority community for a presentation on the value and expectations of membership in a fraternal organization at UVA. We'll also save plenty of time at the end to answer your questions about our community and the recruitment process.


Brunch and Open House

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brody Jewish Center
1824 University Circle
Join students, their families, and the Hillel staff at this informal brunch and open house. RSVP to


The Fralin Museum of Art Exhibitions

12:00 p.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, and enjoy these special exhibitions: A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne; THE GREAT WAR: Printmakers of World War I from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; New Acquisitions: Photography; recent works by Ann Gale; and the Joanne B. Robinson Object Study Gallery.


Student Docent Tours

12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Thomas H. Bayly Building, 155 Rugby Road
Visit The Fralin Museum of Art and take a look at our special exhibitions with the help of the Museum's marvelous student docents.


School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Event: Engineering Lunch for Families

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thornton Hall's Darden Courtyard
Come join us for an informal lunch in Darden Court. SEAS student groups will be on hand to talk about opportunities for students to connect with the university community, and to provide examples of their activities.


The History of African-Americans at UVA Tour

1:00 p.m.
The Rotunda (inside)
This tour explores the history of African-Americans from their roles as slaves and builders, the years of segregation and integration and their role today as scholars and leaders within the University community. Sponsored by the University Guide Service.


Family Weekend Bouldering

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Outdoor Recreation Center at 119 Emmet St. N. (next to the Cavalier Inn)
Enjoy climbing at the bouldering wall at the Outdoor Recreation Center. This event is open to all abilities and ages 5 and older. Climbing shoes are available in adult sizes 4.5 and up. Kids can climb in their sneakers. We have beginner to advanced routes, so novices and experienced climbers will all be challenged! This is a complimentary activity sponsored by the Intramural-Recreational Sports Department. To help us plan accordingly, please pre-register by calling our business office, 434.924.3791. Complementary activity sponsored by Intramural-Recreational Sports.


St. Thomas Aquinas Public Lecture

St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Looking for a little intellectual stimulation? Then join us for an engaging public lecture by the highly-regarded theologian Reinhard Hüttter (Catholic University of America). Professor Hüttter will lecture on "The Development of Doctrine and Why it Matters: The Ongoing Relevance of John Henry Newman's Thought." Sponsored by The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought, St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, and The Thomistic Institute.


College of Arts & Sciences: "Making Presidential Elections Great Again"

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Minor 125
For most UVA undergraduates, this will be the FIRST chance to vote in a presidential election, following an election season that has been the most tumultuous in recent memory. Come hear Professor Brian Balogh discuss what is at stake for first-time voters—and for all of us—in the upcoming presidential election. Brian Balogh is the Dorothy Compton Professor at the Miller Center and Professor of History in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is also the co-host of Backstory with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show that appears on Public Broadcasting Stations across the country.


Tours of McIntire School of Commerce

1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:40 p.m.
Rouss & Robertson Halls 4th floor lobby


McIntire School of Commerce Event

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Rouss & Robertson Halls 4th floor lobby

Center for Global Commerce
Learn more about McIntire's study-abroad options and international courses.

Graduate Programs
Talk with advisers about McIntire's M.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Commerce, and M.S. in Global Commerce Programs' prerequisites, admissions, and curriculum.

McIntire School Store
Shop for a variety of gifts, gear, and apparel! Proceeds directly support Commerce Council's programs and initiatives.

McIntire Business Institute
Hear about McIntire's intensive, high-value certificate program that delivers a world-class business curriculum in an abridged version designed especially for non-business students.


Office of African American Affairs Presentation & Reception

2:00 p.m.
Newcomb Ballroom, Newcomb Hall
Families and guests are invited to join the Office of African American Affairs for a presentation and reception at Newcomb Hall.


The History of Women at UVA Tour

2:00 p.m.
The Rotunda (inside)
Rosie the Riveter galvanized World War II-era American women to join the war effort with her famous "We Can Do It!" This tour explores how the women of UVA "did it," breaking down barriers to Mr. Jefferson's University. It chronicles their lives as faculty wives and slaves, the years of academic exclusion all the way until they opened the doors to the last state school in the country to co-educate. Sponsored by the University Guide Service.


"Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: Design and Place"

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, will speak and show slides of the University from its founding through the present.


McIntire School of Commerce Admission Information Session

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Rouss & Robertson Halls 120
Gather information and debunk myths on the admissions process and curriculum at McIntire. A panel of McIntire Ambassadors will answer questions from a student's perspective.


Arts & Sciences Reception with the Association Deans

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lobby of Minor Hall


School of Nursing Event: Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony

2:30 p.m.
McLeod Hall Auditorium
UVA's chapter of the international nursing honor society will be inducting new student and alumnae members.


The Whethermen's Family Weekend Improv Comedy Show

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
The Whethermen are UVA's oldest performing improv comedy group! They perform theatrical games for the audience in which everything is made up right on the spot! Their high energy shows are hugely popular among UVA students. For more information, visit


Lambeth and Transfer Community Cook Out

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lambeth Commons /Lambeth Field
Members of the Lambeth and Transfer Communities are invited to join the Office of Housing & Residence Life and the Transfer Student Peer Advisors for food and festivities at Lambeth Commons. Come say "hi" to Dean Aaron Laushway and other members of the UVA staff who work closely with transfer students! Come play a game of cornhole, grab a burger and hang out with your fellow students and staff! Families and guests are welcome!


Family Weekend Zumba Group Exercise Class

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Aquatic and Fitness Center, Multipurpose Room 4
Watch Dad dance battle with Mom and siblings free-style all while enjoying a cardio workout with toning moves. We guarantee laughs, an increased heart rate, and wonderful family time set to Latin-inspired music! All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Complimentary activity sponsored by the Intramural-Recreational Sports Department.


Dome Room Dinner

6:30 p.m. – 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 a premier faculty member at UVA. Our speaker for Saturday's dinner is Carmenita Higginbotham, Associate Professor in Art History.


Family Weekend Choral Showcase

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
Enjoy a lively performance of the University Singers, the UVA Chamber Singers, the Virginia Glee Club, and the Virginia Women's Chorus. The program will conclude with a joint selection and the beloved UVA songs, sung by the combined choruses, nearly 200 voices strong. Tickets will be available at the Arts Box Office (434.924.3376 or, online, on the Lawn, and at the door. $10 for General Admission and $5 for Students.


Office of African-American Affairs Parent/Student Social

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Newcomb Ballroom
The Office of African-American Affairs Northern Virginia Parent Advisory Association presents its Annual Family Weekend social event. This year, it will be "Family Game Time"! Bring your favorite deck of cards and board games, and mingle with parents and students. Think you've got game? Bring it to Newcomb Hall! For more information contact Mike Rather at


The Tempest

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Student Activities Building
Join us for this free performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest! Shakespeare on the Lawn (SotL) is a student-run organization at the University of Virginia whose purpose is to increase the availability and accessibility of Shakespeare to the general public through free performances of Shakespeare's works. In addition, SotL provides an environment for those interested in the theater to perform their craft.


Virginia Film Festival: Adrenaline Film Project

9:30 p.m.
Culbreth Theatre
The Adrenaline Film Project is a part of the Virginia Film Festival and is a 72-hour filmmaking competition where teams of three will write, cast, shoot and edit a film in three days. More information can be found at This event is being supported by the University Programs Council.