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Commemorate the First 200

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From Many Chapters, One Powerful Story

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The University of Virginia’s Bicentennial Commemoration is a celebration of UVA’s achievements, a recognition of the imperfections of its past, and a visualization of its future. The story began 200 years ago with the creation of a new model for higher learning, one shaped by the belief that only educated citizen-leaders would be capable of sustaining freedom in a new republic. From Thomas Jefferson’s original conception of the Academical Village, the story continued through the years, as UVA evolved from a regional institution of limited renown to one of the great national and global universities of the 21st century. At the University of Virginia today, we continue to pursue the goal that has inspired our community since its inception — forging the leaders of tomorrow through the sharing of knowledge and the candid exchange of ideas.

As we tell the UVA story at this milestone moment in its history, we renew our dedication to Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the “illimitable freedom of the human mind.” For 200 years, this commitment has energized our University community, and it will continue to animate life at UVA for centuries to come.

Join us as we collect our varied voices to tell the UVA story past, present, and future, through an exciting event series launching October 5-7, 2017.


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October 5-7, 2017 - Join us to kick off the UVA Bicentennial Celebration with a weekend you won’t forget.

Taken together, UVA quotes – both the famous and the mundane – can serve as a sort of guide to the University’s history, its evolution, and to the mission that began that day at Pavilion VII. Here are just a few.

On Oct. 6, the University of Virginia community will come together to officially kick off its bicentennial with a celebration unlike any other in its 200 years.

The story of the University of Virginia is told by its people, from its famous founder through the thousands of alumni scattered around the globe today.

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. – who played a historical figure that Thomas Jefferson was very familiar with – will join UVA arts groups, faculty, students, staff, alumni and other guest performers for a one-of-a-kind celebration on the Lawn.