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The UVA community gathered for a celebration like no other, as a spectacular projection mapping show, celebrity special guests and thousands of ‘Hoos heralded the arrival of UVA’s third century.

Production crews and University staff have been hard at work getting the Lawn ready for Friday night’s Bicentennial Launch Celebration. Here’s a sneak peek.

The Tony Award-winning actor spoke with UVA Today before flying to Charlottesville for Friday’s Bicentennial Launch Celebration, where he will join UVA students and faculty members as a special guest.

The rock band has played in a volcano, on an iceberg and atop skyscrapers. As they prepare to add the Academical Village to that list, bassist Robby Takac shared some favorite memories and reflected on how the industry has changed.

Find everything you need to know about this weekend’s bicentennial events, from the dramatic multimedia show that will transform the Lawn on Friday night to the many discussions and exhibitions continuing through the weekend.

In honor of the approaching bicentennial, architecture students created their own interpretation of Thomas Jefferson’s famed pavilions, using cutting-edge technology that UVA’s founder would have found fascinating.

 

On Friday, the University of Virginia will welcome approximately 20,000 guests for its Bicentennial Launch Celebration on the Lawn.

One University. Two hundred years. Endless stories.

The evening’s celebrations will be as varied and colorful as the University itself, with more than 800 student and faculty members performing on the Lawn alongside special guests from the music and entertainment world. All of them will tell the story of UVA as it has never been told before.

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.

As the University of Virginia’s bicentennial approaches, UVA Today is releasing a series of quizzes to help readers brush up on 200 years worth of Wahoo trivia.

Three graduate students, working on two research projects on the University of Virginia’s Academical Village, have received Kenan Research Awards.

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.

As the University of Virginia celebrated Thomas Jefferson’s 274th birthday on Thursday, the four winners of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals – each distinguished in fields Jefferson held in high regard – gave public talks on Grounds.

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.

Students selected a special mark commemorating UVA’s upcoming bicentennial that will decorate graduation gowns this year as the University prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

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.

The University of Virginia today announced the creation of a permanent endowment to support student scholarships that could reach $300 million through a combination of philanthropic support and the UVA Strategic Investment Fund.

The University of Virginia will begin celebrating its 200th anniversary next year, and the Board of Visitors has appointed a commission to plan the occasion.

The University of Virginia Oral Histories project provides the public open access to the inner workings of the University over the past half-century.