Three of the main speakers at Opening Convocation were Jefferson Scholars

August 25, 2015

Jefferson Scholar alumnus and double ‘Hoo Thomas Hall was this year’s guest speaker at Opening Convocation. He was joined on stage by two current Jefferson Scholars, Abraham Axler and Faith Lyons, who helped to welcome the Class of 2019. Read about the event and their remarks here.


Thomas Hall

Eli W. Tullis Jefferson Scholar

Abraham Axler

William H.P. Young Jefferson Scholar

Faith Lyons

C. Porter Schutt Jefferson Scholar



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