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Fall Convocation 2005

Fall Convocation 2005 was held on Friday, October 21 at University Hall.

Honors Given

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 Annette Gibbs, professor of education and former associate dean of students, during Fall Convocation on Oct. 21. Gibbs joined the faculty in 1970 when President Edgar F. Shannon appointed her to help the University open its doors to women as undergraduates in all its schools and departments.

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

Intermediate Honors

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.

Convocation Speaker

Fall Convocation 2005 was held on Friday, October 21. Mark W. Edmundson, the Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the University of Virginia, delivered the Convocation address at University Hall. Listen to an audio stream of the speech.

Edmundson, a Guggenheim Fellow who is on leave this year to write a book on Sigmund Freud, said being selected to give the address was an honor. "How many chances do you have to talk to the best of the third-year students?" he said. A teacher for more than 25 years, Edmundson is the author of several books, including Why Read? and Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference, his two most recent books on education.

Why Read? asks questions about the meaning found in books and their applications to real life. Teacher was a more personal project, a memoir on a high school teacher who believed in reading books and asking questions. Edmundson said this teacher, called Lears in the book, was a major influence on him and the one who introduced him to the works of Ken Kesey, Albert Camus and Freud. More.