February 21, 2011 — As the academic calendar inches closer to the end of the year, the Fourth-Year Class Trustees invite members of the University of Virginia community to reflect upon outstanding members of the Class of 2011 and submit nominations for the class awards.
Each year, the trustees present the awards at the Valedictory Exercises. This year's ceremony will be held on the Lawn on May 21 at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the John Paul Jones Arena.
"There are very few times during our four years at U.Va. that the entire class is eligible to be recognized," Claire Montaigne, Finals Committee chair, said. "We hope that these awards will allow the Class of 2011 and those at Valedictory Exercises to think about the impact that individuals and our entire class have made."
Any member of the University community can submit an unlimited number of nominations. The deadline is March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Three awards will be given.
The Community Service Award "honors a graduating student who has endeavored to enrich the University and Charlottesville communities through service," according to the trustees' website. The award was created in 1993 to recognize students with a "commitment to humanitarian goals," and who act selflessly without seeking material reward.
The Cultural Fluency award is given to a graduating student who "has demonstrated an understanding of and appreciation for cultural and intellectual diversity." The award, created in 1996, was developed to recognize and encourage students who form personal and intellectual alliances with members of different cultures, within both the University and Charlottesville communities.
The third award is new this year. The Class of 2011 trustees will present the inaugural Award for Courage and Honor, which will recognize a graduating student who "selflessly stood up for others and helped to facilitate a caring and safe community."
The award was created "because we felt that it encompasses ideals that our class has experienced throughout our four years at U.Va.," Montaigne said. "
Nominations should include a description of the ways in which a nominee displays the characteristics of each award. Forms can be found online.
The Class of 2011 Trustees are available by e-mail at 2011ClassAwards@gmail.com to answer any questions.