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Fall Convocation 2004

Fall Convocation 2004 was held on Friday, October 22 at University Hall.

Honors Given

Robert E. Scott

The Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor given to a member of the University community who has exemplified in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Jefferson, and thus advanced the objectives for which he founded the University.

The University of Virginia presented its highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, to Robert E. Scott, professor and former dean of the School of Law, during Fall Convocation on Oct. 22. Scott joined the faculty in 1974 and was appointed the ninth dean of the Law School in 1991. He returned to full-time teaching and research in 2002. Read more about Robert Scott and listen to an audio stream of The Thomas Jefferson Award presentation.

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See a list of the recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Award (from 1955 to present) here.


Intermediate Honors

Honors Presentation Certificates were presented to the top 20 percent of those students who earned at least 60 credits of course work at the University by the end of their first two years of study. The University's undergraduate schools with first and second-year students — the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Nursing — bestowed the awards.

President Casteen and deans present Intermediate Honors and The Thomas Jefferson Award. Listen to Audio.


Convocation Speaker

Audio of Convocation Address by David Gies Fall Convocation 2004 was held on Friday, October 22. David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia, delivered the Convocation address at University Hall.

Gies, a former chairman of the department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, was the 2000 recipient of U.Va.'s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, which has been given annually since 1955. It recognizes a member of the University community who exemplifies the ideals of the University's founder through character, work, and dedication.

Gies received the University's Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992. For two decades, he has reached out to the community far beyond his own students and classroom. He has conducted numerous educational programs for high school teachers state- and nationwide, and during his chairmanships has helped position his department as one of the most prestigious language programs in the country. More.

David Gies gives the keynote address. He is introduced by President Casteen. Listen to Audio, or Watch Video (Real Player).