Lighting of the Courtyard

Student Events

McIntire students are active, involved members of their communities, and the School offers a variety of ways for students to become engaged. From athletic events to academic competitions, the School encourages student interaction and involvement; these activities help McIntire students become well-rounded, contributing members of society at large. In addition to the many McIntire student organization events, a number of School-related events take place throughout the academic year. Visit the School's calendar of events for more details.

​McIntire Welcome Series

McIntire Welcome Night sponsored by Baker Tilly: During this event, incoming Commerce students will learn about the ICE experience, Global Programs, and career opportunities and how to get involved and succeed at McIntire. McIntire Welcome Night will take place March 22, 2018.

Exploring Business Careers: Offered by Commerce Career Services, Exploring Business Careers focuses on career opportunities in business. This event will take place March 25, 2018.

Commerce Connections Transfer Student Orientation: This academic orientation program is designed exclusively for McIntire's incoming third-year students who transferred from another college or university to UVA. Commerce Connections Orientation will take place Aug. 22-24, 2018.

Third-Year Orientation: Orientation offers all incoming students an opportunity to meet McIntire faculty and fourth-year McIntire Mentors, learn about academic expectations in ICE, and hear about opportunities for study abroad and student involvement in the Commerce School. Third-Year Orientation will take place Aug. 27, 2018.

Ellen Whitener Memorial Third-Year Block-Building Day: This annual event, which pairs third-year ICE block students and faculty teams against each other, started in 1998 as a student idea and is better known as the Kickball Tournament. In 2009, the event was renamed in memory of Ellen Whitener, former Professor and Senior Associate Dean, to honor her contributions to the McIntire School and the Charlottesville community at large. The lively and often competitive event includes a community service project and is a great way for third-year students to get to know their classmates early in the fall semester; the winning student block has bragging rights for the entire year. The Kickball Tournament will take place Sept. 7, 2018.

For more information about the McIntire Welcome Series events (required for incoming Commerce students), contact McIntire's Student Services and Academic Operations Office at 434-924-8228 or drop by at Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 163.

Fall Events

Fall Festival: This annual event brings the McIntire community together to celebrate all things fall, including pumpkin carving, cider and chili, and even a pie-eating contest!

Family Weekend: The University’s Family Weekend, held in conjunction with Fall Convocation, is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their University experience with family and friends. McIntire presents a program of events that offers an opportunity for families of students to learn more about the many facets of the McIntire School and to meet McIntire faculty. Past sessions have included presentations on the academic program, international opportunities, career opportunities, and student advertising campaigns, as well as student-led investment presentations. See the 2017 Family Weekend Open House schedule here.

Lighting of the Courtyard: Held in conjunction with the University's Lighting of the Lawn, this community-wide celebration kicks off the holiday season at McIntire with friends, family, and fun. Started in December 2012, the evening's program features cookie decorating, performances by UVA a cappella groups, and refreshments, all leading to the grand illumination of McIntire's Blue Ridge Courtyard.

Spring Events 

McIntire Golf Tournament(s): During the spring, Commerce Council holds a student/faculty golf tournament for the McIntire School at Birdwood Golf Club. This event often includes corporate sponsorship and faculty/staff participation. A great opportunity to brush up on your skills, a free golf clinic sponsored by a McIntire student organization is often held in conjunction to the tournament.   

Navigant Case Competition: The competition provides students with the opportunity to exhibit the analytical skills that they have developed at UVA while working in teams on an actual consulting case. The competition offers a unique opportunity to interact with and gain feedback from Navigant consultants concerning real cases. Sponsored by the Consulting Group at McIntire​

COMMunity Celebration Picnic: This annual community celebration sponsored by Commerce Council, Student Services, Graduate Commerce Council, and Graduate Programs is the culmination of the academic year. During this celebration, Commerce Council awards the McIntire Cup to the year's winning ICE Block and we honor graduating McIntire students who have contributed to the McIntire and University community through their leadership in student organizations and events. 

The Madhu Chopra Writing Contest: Created to honor the memory of Madhu Chopra (McIntire '89), this contest gives McIntire students the opportunity to reflect creatively through writing about their own lives. Each spring, students submit essays that are reviewed and judged by McIntire faculty. Several students are selected as contest winners. 

Final Exercises: Degree candidates, faculty, family, and friends gather on Grounds each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class. Extensive information about the University's Finals Weekend celebrations can be found here.

Ongoing Events

Monthly Socials: An opportunity for McIntire faculty, staff, and students to gather and interact with one another in a casual setting for a themed reception. Events have included themed coffee breaks, ice cream sundae making, Valentine's Day cookie decorating, and a late-night pancake breakfast during finals week. Sponsored by McIntire Commerce Council and the McIntire Student Services & Academic Operations Office.

Trivia Night: Sponsored by Commerce Council, this gathering of McIntire students takes place at a local restaurant, with drink and food specials, and gives everyone the opportunity to unwind and cap off a week of hard work in an informal social setting.  

Dining with the Dean: All third-year students and graduating fourth-year McIntire students are invited each year to lunch or dinner with Dean Zeithaml. This provides students the opportunity to meet the Dean and to discuss issues and concerns related to the McIntire community.  

International Celebrations: Sponsored by McIntire's International Mentors, these cultural events seek to celebrate McIntire's global community through international holidays, celebrations, and awareness activities. International celebrations have included a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, Country Months, a Lunar New Year celebration, and traditional hot pot nights.