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Fall Convocation 2006

Fall Convocation 2006 was held on Friday, October 20 at University Hall.

Honors Given

The 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, to Edward L. Ayers, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History at the University of Virginia, during Fall Convocation on October 20.


U.Va. News Article
Edward L. Ayers Receives Thomas Jefferson Award

The Cavalier Daily Article
Ayers wins Thomas Jefferson award

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 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.

Convocation Speaker

Fall Convocation 2006 was held on Friday, October 20. William B. Harvey, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia, told the Fall Convocation audience on Friday that he hopes U.Va. can become a model for positive cross-cultural interaction. Listen to an audio stream of the speech.

Harvey joined U.Va. in November 2005 as the first occupant of the new diversity post. He had previously served as Vice President and Director of the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity at the American Council on Education. In his remarks, Harvey noted that while many things have changed since what he termed "the bad old days" when he would not have been allowed to attend the University let alone address a major event, there is still a long way to go. More.