Thank you to the thousands of supporters who offered assistance to the players’ families, or who made more grand gestures through the University’s UVA Strong Fund.
There may be no way to fully show our gratitude, but our hearts are brimming with appreciation for the prayers, comfort and solace from across the state, nation and globe.
As we illuminated the Grounds earlier this month with our traditional Lighting of the Lawn, students desired to mark the passage from sorrow to the kind of strength that comes as a community moves forward – not by forgetting the anguish, but by remembering the goodness of those who were lost and the grace of those who stood by us.
That sentiment carried through to the annual holiday video, President Jim Ryan’s seasonal greeting to the students and community.
“The theme we chose for this year’s Lighting of the Lawn is ‘LOTL Full Power,’” said student Laura Arif, one of the event’s organizers. It reminds all at UVA that “only as a community can we have our full power. And that is the full power to love, the full power to remember, and the full power to provide light.”
Thank you for helping us on our path back to full power. UVA will never forget the kindness you have shown us.