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UVA Honors Thomas Jefferson Award Winners, Top Students at Fall Convocations

Published November 5, 2016 in News

By: Matt Kelly | University Communications

At today’s Fall Convocation, two outstanding members of the University of Virginia community – Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor in the Department of English, and Robert D. Sweeney, retired senior vice president for university advancement – received Thomas Jefferson Awards for their scholarship and service, respectively.

The awards are the highest honors the University accords to members of its community.

Also during the event, which marks the beginning of UVA’s Family Weekend, 421 third-year students received Intermediate Honors for being in the top 20 percent of their class at the midpoint of their undergraduate careers.

Thomas Jefferson Award winners Robert Sweeney, left, and Jerome McGann flank UVA President Teresa A. Sullivan at Friday’s Fall Convocation. (Photos by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

University President Teresa A. Sullivan cited University founder Thomas Jefferson in her opening remarks to the students, faculty and several hundred parents and family members assembled at the John Paul Jones Arena.

“Nearly 200 years after the University’s founding, we affirm Mr. Jefferson’s faith in the potential of education to advance the human condition,” Sullivan said. “We recall that he said, ‘If the condition of man is to be progressively ameliorated, as we fondly hope and believe, education is to be the chief instrument in effecting it.’”

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