Class of 2012 Leaves Its Mark on the University, and Vice Versa

April 27, 2012 — On May 20, members of the class of 2012 will complete their journeys to a University of Virginia degree with the traditional walk down the Lawn at Final Exercises.

Along their paths, they have been far more than passive recipients of knowledge. Forged by the University's tradition of student self-governance, they have taken risks, succeeded (or failed) wildly and gained invaluable wisdom. While their U.Va. experience has shaped them into the public citizens that Thomas Jefferson envisioned, they also shaped the University – and the world beyond Grounds.

All of our graduates have stories to tell. Over the next three weeks, UVA Today will present just a few of them.

Class of 2012: Artist Hannah Barefoot Joins Craft and Nature in Her Work

Class of 2012: From Attorney to Nurse: A Mid-Career Pivot

Class of 2012: Fusing Hard Science and the Human Touch, Former Cell Biologist Shifts to Patient Care

Class of 2012: Thuy-Van 'Tina' Ho Gives Back Through Medicine

Class of 2012: Bryan West Is Angling for an MBA

Class of 2012: PRODUCED Graduate Greg Troyer Is Technically Employed

Class of 2012: Commerce Grad Gives Back to International Students

Class of 2012: Pre-Med Grad Malapit a Leader of Cheers, Peers and Soldiers

Class of 2012: Architectural Historian Explores Environments

Class of 2012: A Leader Dedicates Herself to Educating Latino Students

Class of 2012: Blazing a Path in Filmmaking (video)

Class of 2012: Woodson Fellow Z'etoile Imma Offers a Vision of African Men Beyond Violence

Class of 2012: Golfer Greenlief Leaving a Legacy of Success at U.Va.

Class of 2012: Grad Combines Interests in Sufi Dance, Poetry

Class of 2012: First-Generation College Student Marcus Hall Embraces Study Abroad

Class of 2012: Marion Dobbins Realizes Her Dream Through U.Va.'s BIS Program

Class of 2012: Kelsey Goodman Honors Multicultural Heritage at Home and Abroad

Class of 2012: Wimbush Leaves Law School as Bridge-Builder to Real-World Law

Class of 2012: Commerce Student's Analysis Moved the Market

Class of 2012: Curry Grad Helps Young African Girls

Class of 2012: Batten Graduate Finds Dividends in Middle East Focus

Class of 2012: Crocker to Clerk for Justice Scalia

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