By; Matt Kelly | University Communications
Two distinguished faculty members will give the addresses during the University of Virginia’s 188th Final Exercises, set for May 20 and 21, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate will speak to the graduates during Valedictory Exercises.
On Friday, May 19, Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, will talk to members of the Class of 2017 – whose ranks include his son – during Valedictory Exercises. On Saturday, May 20, Deborah E. McDowell, UVA’s Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies and director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, will address the graduates of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. On Sunday, May 21, Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education, will speak to the graduates of the University’s other 10 schools and its Data Science Institute.
All three ceremonies will be held on the University’s Lawn, weather permitting.