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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 events and programs from 2017 to 2019.


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Following a Spring 2019 student anthropology class project, this summer we are excited to launch a small exhibition highlighting artifacts from archaeological excavations of Kitty Foster’s home site adjacent to campus.

Just more than 200 years ago, three U.S. presidents gathered to lay the cornerstone for the University of Virginia, a place they hoped would educate the future leaders of their fledgling democracy.

During Final Exercises this weekend, the University of Virginia will award more than 7,000 degrees across its 11 schools, continuing a steady climb in the number of degrees awarded annually and, more broadly, the number of students from Virginia and around the world who have found life-changing opportunity at UVA.

Politics has been part of James Roebuck’s life for as long as he can remember. He saw no reason for that to change when he began pursuing his doctorate at UVA. In fact, Roebuck’s political legacy grew on Grounds. He served as president of the Student Council during the 1969-70 academic year, the first African American student elected to that role. 

From telehealth networks to start-up incubators, state parks to downtown revitalization, the University of Virginia and UVA’s College at Wise are finding new ways to engage in university-based economic development in Southwest Virginia.