Department: Quotes

I hope [my students] learned that the civil rights movement was a movement of ordinary people, many of them just like these young people who were sitting in my class.  They should not believe that it was all magical figures like Martin Luther King.  People like King helped immeasurably.  But it wasn't all Martin Luther Kings.  It was mostly ordinary people who did this, and these students are ordinary people, and they can do the same thing.  They can rise to these heights themselves.

Julian Bond speaking to U.Va. Magazine in 2012. Professor Bond passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015.

How did that happen?  I mean, how did it happen?

U.Va. Baseball Coach Brian O'Connor at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha after the Cavaliers won the 2015 College World Series.

Each and every one of you has a vibrant, courageous soul and a depth of power, creativity and wisdom you are only just beginning to tap into.  That is your light.  It is the light within you, and you have to let it shine.

Actor and comedian Ed Helms, in his valedictory address to the class of 2015

When you take your picture, you take your family.  But I wasn't married and my family was all in Virginia, so I thought, 'Why don't I take my boys?'"

Astronaut and alumnus Leland Melvin on his official NASA portrait with his dogs.

“All heck breaks loose.”

State climatologist and U.Va. environmental scientist Jerry Stenger, on what happens when temperatures in Virginia drop to record lows.

I welcome thoughts from alumni on the curriculum. What aspects of the curriculum did they get the most from? Based on their experiences after Final Exercises, what served them best?

Ian Baucom, new dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

We have this system that we call STEM, to teach sciences and technologies. Now there are a lot of schools who are adding an "A" and calling it "STEAM." "A" is for arts. I think it's incredibly important because while math, science and technology are hugely important, if we leave behind a young person's imagination or creativity, I think they won't have as full a life.

Kevin Spacey, speaking as part of the President's Speaker Series for the Arts at the John Paul Jones Arena on October 18, 2014.

They should hold their heads high, and they are what's right about the game of college basketball.

Coach Tony Bennett after the Sweet 16 loss against Michigan State, on fourth-year players Akil Mitchell, Joe Harris and Thomas Rogers.

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