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Fall Convocation 2013

Fall Convocation 2013 was held on
Friday, September 27 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, to A.E. Dick Howard, the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs, and Gordon M. Stewart, Professor of German and Interim Associate Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, during Fall Convocation on September 27.

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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 2013 Program (PDF) - Viewable Fall Convocation Program


Convocation Speaker

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Fall Convocation 2013 was held on Friday, September 27. Dean of the School of Nursing Dorrie K. Fontaine, spoke at Friday's Fall Convocation. She is also the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing and associate chief nursing officer for the U.Va. Health System.

"Is today’s life such that the present moment is so not interesting that we need extra stimulation from elsewhere?” Fontaine said. “Decades-old research suggests that all this multi-tasking is actually not good for us and ‘fatigues the brain,’ even though many perceive they are accomplishing much. Scientific studies on multi-tasking indicate that carrying on several activities at once may, in fact, reduce productivity, not increase it.”

“I always say to my students, ‘What do people see when they see you?’” Fontaine said. “Someone distracted and rushing, closed-minded and judgmental, maybe chronically unhappy? Or someone who is kind, compassionate, calm, and able to serve others with love? Yes, I mean real love. For each of you here today, I hope it is the latter, and I will stand ready to cheer you on in all your progress.”

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Fall Convocation on YouTube