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Welcome Week & Graduation Celebrations

Welcome Events

  • New Student Welcome and Cultural Community Receptions 

    At the start of each academic year, MSS hosts a New Student Welcome event that includes receptions for each of the cultural communities we support.  This event introduces students to University resources, faculty, administrators, student groups, and initiatives to help in their transition to UVA.  

  • New Student Retreat: Immerse!

    IMMERSE! brings together new students for a one-day retreat to meet one another, dialogue about shared experiences, learn about key resources and programs, and engage with key student leaders and staff.

Graduation Ceremonies

  • Lavender Graduation

The LGBTQ Lavender Graduation Ceremony commemorates graduating LGTBQIA+/ally students. This year, 2022 Lavender Graduation will be held in the South Meeting Room (3rd Floor - Newcomb Hall) on Thursday, May 19th at 4pm. Please contact Alex Winkowski (they/them/theirs), Assistant Director - Multicultural Student Services, ( if you have any questions!

  • Multicultural Graduation

The 2022 Multicultural Graduation celebration will be held in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom on Friday, May 20th at 10am and will honor graduating undergraduates who identify as APIDA - Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, and Native/Indigenous. Be sure to check it out and help us recognize and celebrate this vibrant group of graduates! Please contact if you have any questions!