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Fall Convocation 2012

Fall Convocation 2012 was held on
Friday, October 26 in the John Paul Jones Arena.

Honors Given

lampkin, quandt, sullivan pictureThe Thomas Jefferson Award is 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, Patricia M. Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer, and William B. Quandt, Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, during Fall Convocation on October 26.

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


Intermediate Honors 2012 Fall Convocation Ceremony procession

Certificates were presented to the top 20 percent of those students who have 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 these awards.

Fall Convocation 2012 Program (PDF) - Viewable Fall Convocation Program


Convocation Speaker

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Fall Convocation 2012 was held on Friday, October 26. Executive Vice President and Provost John Simon, spoke at Friday's Fall Convocation.

“I want all of you to engage the world and to have the tools in your toolbox to be a leader in our globally competitive and changing world,” Simon said, speaking directly to 344 soon-to-be-honored students at John Paul Jones Arena.

Simon, who is also the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, began his address by greeting the students in languages native to eight different countries: Poland, Japan, India, China, England, Italy, Turkey and Wales. The choice of these countries wasn’t random – in recent years, Simon has authored papers with colleagues from each, an idea he never would have imagined when he began his academic career in 1985.

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