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Commemorate the First 200

Envision the Next 200

Celebrate UVA

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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University of Virginia President Teresa A Sullivan announced the formation of a new President's Commisison on the University in the Age of Segregation.

The University of Virginia and its School of Law honored the legacy of Gregory Swanson with a ceremony that recognized his significance as the University’s first black student.

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved a $75 million, multi-year proposal that will position the University to attract and retain top faculty as UVA prepares to enter its third century of providing one of the best educational experiences in the nation.

The Central College’s original Board of Visitors, which preceded the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors by two years, are hanging together again – at least on the walls of the board’s meeting room.

In the 21st century, women – once mostly barred from education at the University of Virginia – have become active members in every area of life and work on Grounds.