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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Bicentennial News

Bicentennial Launch Weekend

OCTOBER 5 – 7, 2017 – Join us to mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the University’s cornerstone and to launch the Bicentennial Celebration.

UVA Building Named for Former Slave and Stonemason Peyton Skipwith

APRIL 13, 2017 – Skipwith, an enslaved laborer freed in 1833, quarried stone for buildings at UVA. On Thursday, at one of several events celebrating Founder’s Day, a new building likely sitting on the quarry’s location was dedicated as Skipwith Hall in his honor.

12 Questions to Test Your Knowledge of UVA Trivia

APRIL 7, 2017 – With the University of Virginia’s bicentennial just around the corner, now is the time to reflect on the past, share fond memories and try your best to beat your fellow Wahoos in an all-out UVA trivia challenge.

UVA President Provides First Gift to Bicentennial Scholars Fund

DECEMBER 19, 2016 – University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan and her husband, law professor Douglas Laycock, are making a $100,000 gift to the new Bicentennial Scholars Fund – the first contribution to the endowment established to support student scholarships.


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