Safeguarding the health and safety of everyone in our communities and doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 is our highest priority. Given this, we will not be moving forward in the traditional, in-person format for Reunions 2021.
Instead, we will focus on moving some of your favorite elements of the weekend online in early June, as well as creating new digital opportunities for class celebration. You will receive additional emails about these offerings in the coming weeks and months, and this page will be updated as information becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did the Alumni Association come to the decision to cancel the in-person celebration for Reunions 2021?
Safeguarding everyone’s health in our alumni, University, and greater Charlottesville communities and doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 is our highest priority. Following CDC guidance and University restrictions on in-person gatherings, we consulted with our alumni-led Board of Managers and University leadership and came to the difficult decision to forgo an in-person Reunions celebration this year.
For further information on University restrictions for in-person events, please visit the University’s Return to Grounds website.
Why couldn’t you wait longer to make the decision to cancel?
Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic and the likely continued disruptions to travel and health care, the Alumni Association made the decision in early 2021 to give our alumni ample time to adjust their plans for June.
Will you reschedule in-person Reunions for these classes later this year?
We will not be rescheduling in-person Reunions for undergraduate classes ending in -0, -1, -5, -6. While we share in your disappointment that we will not be celebrating together in person, we have based this decision on the unique circumstances of hosting an event of this scale in the current environment. We’re excited by the opportunity to reach more alumni than ever before through our virtual programming, and we hope you are too! In addition, we hope you and your friends will join us at other Alumni Association and University programs on the Grounds once it is safe to gather in large groups again.
I made reservations at one of the hotels that offered a room block for Reunions. How do I cancel my reservation?
If you made a reservation to stay in a local hotel for Reunions, you are responsible for canceling the reservation in accordance with that hotel’s cancellation policy.
I entered the lottery to stay in a Lawn or Range room for Reunions. What is the status?
Given that we are not hosting an in-person Reunion on Grounds this summer, the Lawn and Range room lottery is canceled and rooms will not be assigned.
What can I expect from a virtual reunion celebration?
Our Engagement team is hard at work creating unique and meaningful ways for you to reconnect with UVA and one another virtually between late May and early June. We will also be working with members of your class Reunion Committee to ensure the programming will be of interest. We will host a variety of events using various platforms to connect you with your classmates, alumni from other class years, and the University. You will receive additional emails about these offerings in the coming weeks and months, and our website will be updated with information as it becomes available.
How do I make sure I receive updates regarding the virtual celebration?
Alumni are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive communications regarding the virtual celebration.
When will my next in-person reunion be held?
For graduating classes that end in -0 or -5, your next reunion will be in 2025. For graduation classes that end in -1 or -6, your next reunion will be in 2026. The exact dates will be determined a year in advance of the celebration so you will have ample time to plan to attend. However, we hope to see you in Charlottesville long before then – whether it be for a football game, to move a student into dorms, or just for a trip down memory lane.
Even though the in-person reunion is cancelled, can I still come to Charlottesville?
We know that many alumni have and will continue to visit Charlottesville during these times. While we won’t be hosting any official Reunions events on the Grounds or encouraging large group gatherings, we recognize that small groups of friends may still choose to gather in Charlottesville or elsewhere in the coming months in honor of their Reunion. If you do plan to visit Grounds, please be sure to review state, local and University restrictions, as well as on-Grounds parking and Alumni Hall updates.
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