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U.Va. To Bestow Its Highest Honor, The Thomas Jefferson Award, At Fall Convocation On Friday, Oct. 22

David Gies, Noted Scholar And Former Thomas Jefferson Award Recipient, To Be Keynote Speaker

October 20, 2004 -- U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will announce the recipient of this year’s Thomas Jefferson Award at Fall Convocation on Oct. 22. The award,  U.Va.’s highest honor,  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 devotion.

David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at U.Va. and the 2000 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, will deliver the public keynote address at Fall Convocation, which starts at 2 p.m. in University Hall.

Fall Convocation, which officially opens U.Va.’s Family Weekend Oct. 22 through 24, recognizes undergraduate students for their academic excellence. Intermediate Honors will be presented to the top 20 percent of students who earned at least 60 credits of course work at U.Va. during their first two years.

Following the ceremony, President Casteen will host a reception for students and their families at University Hall’s North Entrance Terrace. The rain site is University Hall.

Ample parking will be available at University Hall.  For more information, visit the Fall Convocation Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/convocation.html

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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