There’re some really terrible moments ahead of you all, but life, all and all, is spectacularly good and if this were not so, none of us my age and older would be so desperately trying to fend off our impending demise.
The late Andy Rooney in his valedictory address to UVA’s graduating class on May 2, 2000.
Satirist Stephen Colbert during an interview on The Colbert Report with Richard Hersh, co-author of “We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education.” Colbert was responding to Hersh’s praise of UVA as a university that “has a very good [liberal arts] program.” Colbert’s wife, Evelyn (Col ’85), is a UVA alumna.
I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
Rita Dove, UVA poet and professor, who was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama on Feb. 13, 2012.
I couldn’t get them to stop applauding. It was very heartwarming.
Ray Bice, on his final lecture to a standing-room-only crowd on Dec. 6, 1994, after teaching 91 consecutive semesters without leave. Bice died on Dec. 22, 2011, at the age of 93.
Trouble will come from apathy, not growth or change.
Honor Committee Chair Stephen Nash (Col ’13) during a panel discussion on the Community of Trust at the University.
Smell, touch, sound and sight, senses that were once critical to human communication (and to human survival), are now auxiliary to electronic and other forms of sensing and perceiving.
Rosalyn Berne (Col ’79, Grad ’82, ’99), associate professor of engineering whose research focuses on “the ethical, cultural and societal implications of the emergence and convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive sciences.”
I have declined letting my own birthday be known, and have engaged my family not to communicate it.
Despite Jefferson’s feelings about his April 13 birthday, the University has a long custom of celebrating Founder’s Day. This year’s birthday celebration featured many traditional activities, plus the second annual Tom Tom Founders Festival.
[UVA is the only university] in America that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. I believe that means if you try to carve your name into a desk, the UN will send in ground troops.
Stephen Colbert, during his valedictory address to the Class of 2013