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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 events and programs from 2017 to 2019.

 

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BICENTENNIAL NEWS

As the University enters its third century, we invite you to help shape our forward direction by providing thoughts on the following questions about three thematic areas that define the University: community, discovery and service.

Over five years, the President's Commission on Slavery and the University has conducted research, created educational opportunities, and commemorated people and places where possible. As the commission wraps up, it leaves a list of accomplishments and recommendations that will forever change Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village.

As UVA celebrates its bicentennial, visitors can now see what that original wooden dome would have looked like, thanks to more than 400 hours of work by Hays’ students, aided by several outside architects and builders.

In the quest to learn more about the University of Virginia’s history as it heads into its third century, President Teresa A. Sullivan recently announced the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation and has made appointments for service.

It’s been an eventful year at the University of Virginia with highs, lows and everything in between, as fourth-year class president Malcolm Stewart puts it in the video above.