Founder's Day

Founder's Day: Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

1:30 - 2:30pm                

Public Talk: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Global Innovation
N. R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian entrepreneur and visionary leader who founded and grew Infosys into an information technology powerhouse through the design and implementation of the global delivery model for outsourcing services.

To register for this free event, please click here

Location: Darden School of Business, Abbott Center Auditorium (map)

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Monticello's Commemoration of Jefferson's 274th Birthday
Alice Waters, the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, will be the featured speaker. This celebration is free and open to the public. A livestream of Water's address will be also be available. For more information, please visit Monticello's website.

Location: West Lawn of Monticello (map)

10:00am - Noon

Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial
Sponsored by the DC Sons of the American Revolution, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Military District of Washington, this annual commemoration of Thomas Jefferson's birth features music by a military band, brief remarks, and the presentation of wreaths honoring the author of the Declaration of Independence and our 3rd President.

Location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial: 701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242 (map)

11:00 - Noon

Founder's Day Tree Planting Ceremony
Honoree: Alexander "Sandy" Gilliam, Jr.

Location: the northwest side of the Rotunda. This event is open to the public, and free parking will be available in the Culbreth Road Parking Garage (map).


Presentation of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals (By Invitation Only)

Location: The Rotunda


Public Talk: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalists in Architecture
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are Irish founders and directors of Grafton Architects, renowned for their creative and visionary academic and educational buildings.

To register for this free event, please click here.

Location: Old Cabell Hall Auditorium (map)


Public Talk: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Citizen Leadership
Alice Waters is the founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, chef, author, food activist, founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, who has championed local, sustainable agriculture for more than four decades.

Following her remarks, a panel featuring Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rosa Atkins will discuss Charlottesville food systems and promoting healthy schools. More about the event.    

Location: Garrett Hall, the Great Hall (map)


Public Talk: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist in Law
Loretta Lynch is the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history, known for her impressive career prosecuting cases involving narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption and civil rights. 

Location: Caplin Auditorium (map)


Skipwith Hall Dedication Ceremony
Named after Peyton Skipwith, an enslaved master mason who quarried stone for use in construction at the University, Skipwith Hall sits on the site believed to be the location of the University quarry where Mr. Skipwith was a laborer. The building currently houses administrative offices for Facilities Management. 

Location: The tent located in the parking lot outside of Skipwith Hall (1490 Leake Drive; Charlottesville, VA 22902).

If you plan to attend the ceremony, RSVP by clicking here.

Parking will be available in the Facilities Management Parking Lot near Skipwith Hall (map). For questions about the ceremony, please contact Cecil Banks ( or 434-924-6359).