Black Alumni Weekend

Black Alumni Weekend (BAW) is a biennial celebration at the University of Virginia that began in 1985 as an admission recruiting effort hosted by the Walter Ridley Scholarship Committee. Since its inception, BAW has created much excitement among alumni and students and continues to do so today through its educational lectures, career networking opportunities and social activities. BAW is one of the nation’s premier alumni programs, bringing more than 1,500 alumni and friends back to Grounds to reconnect with each other and the University.

 This year, Black Alumni Weekend will be held April 8–10.


Ticket Information

Tickets for BAW 2022 will go on sale online on February 1, 2022. You will receive an email letting you know that ticket sales are open. Ticket sales will close on Monday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

NEW for 2022: BAW tickets can only be purchased on the BAW website in advance. Tickets cannot be purchased or altered on-site at Alumni Hall during the weekend.

Early-Bird Rates (Available February 1–14)

Ticket Type All-Access Ticket Saturday-only Ticket
General Admission (Classes of 2010 and prior) $140.00 $110.00
Young Alumni Admission (Classes of 2011–2021) $120.00 $90.00
Child 11-17 $35.00 $20.00
Child 10 & under Free Free

Regular Rates (Available February 15–April 4)

Ticket Type All-Access Ticket Saturday-only Ticket
General Admission (Classes of 2010 and prior) $160.00 $140.00
Young Alumni Admission (Classes of 2011–2021) $140.00 $120.00
Child 11-17 $35.00 $20.00
Child 10 & under Free Free
All-Access Ticket:
Includes all events taking place Thursday, April 7–Sunday, April 10 except those with an additional fee required (will be noted on the agenda).
Saturday Ticket:
Includes all events taking place Saturday, April 9 except those with an additional fee required (will be noted on the agenda).

In order to attend BAW, you must be a graduate of UVA or a registered guest of an alumna/us. If you are bringing guests, you must purchase a ticket for them and pay the associated per person registration fees for all additional activities in which they choose to participate.

Cancellations and Refunds

Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, BAW tickets will be fully refundable in 2022. All individual cancellation or refund requests must be received by Monday, April 4. Requests received after Monday, April 4 will be considered after the event.

Alternatively, if the Alumni Association makes the decision to cancel BAW, all tickets will be automatically and fully refunded by the Alumni Association.


Schedule of Events

The full schedule of events will be available online on February 1, 2022.


Ways to Give

There are various opportunities to provide financial support to Black students at UVA. You’ll have the option to make a donation to the Ridley Scholarship Program when you purchase a ticket for BAW, and/or you can make a gift through one of the links below.


Health & Safety

All BAW attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. BAW will follow University policies on vaccination and masking, in accordance with guidance from the CDC and Commonwealth of Virginia, in place at the time of the event. Currently, all guests are required to wear masks indoors on University and Alumni Association property regardless of vaccination status. Guests who are fully vaccinated may forego masks outdoors; guests who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times.

The Alumni Association is closely monitoring information related to the COVID-19 Omicron variant and will communicate any necessary event updates in accordance with federal, state, local, and University guidelines via email and on the BAW website. For more information, visit alumni.virginia.edu/coronavirus.


Black Alumni Weekend is brought to you by:

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

The Ridley: Black-Owned Experiential Southern Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

UVA Bookstore