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12.14.2012

Welcome to the newest group of UGA alumni!

Today, hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students will gather in Stegeman Coliseum with their friends, family, and classmates to celebrate the culmination of their academic endeavors at The University of Georgia.

It is always inspiring to see so many young people departing from the University to embark on their own distinct paths to success. I never tire of attending commencement ceremonies because of the feeling in the air that “anything is possible.”

This morning, the undergraduate class will enjoy an address by Home Depot founder and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. The graduate school candidates will hear from long-time UGA faculty member Fran Teague who holds a joint appointment in the department of English and the department of theatre and film studies. I look forward to hearing their insightful words of wisdom and advice.

If you cannot be in Athens today, you still have a couple of options to follow along with the ceremonies. The 2012 Fall Commencement will be streamed online, and you can follow the day’s festivities on Twitter.

I would be remiss if I didn't also recognize the 32 students who graduated at The University of Georgia Griffin Campus on Thursday at the Stuckey Auditorium. Among the group was the Griffin Campus' first doctoral graduate, Sudeep Sidhu. After the graduation celebration, the graduates went to the Naomi Chapman Woodroof Agricultural Pavillion for the traditional brick ceremony during which graduates placed a brick with their name and class in the ground. Beginning with the first ceremony in 2005, every Griffin Campus graduating class has participated in this unique tradition.

Please join me in welcoming all of the Fall 2012 graduates to the UGA Alumni Association. Like the more than 200 graduating classes before them, they will carry the University's tradition of excellence with them into their fields. I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them at an Alumni Association event soon.

Congratulations, graduates, and Go Dawgs!

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08.18.2014

Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome

The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.

Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18

Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.

 

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08.07.2014

2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap

This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.

Nearly 40 chapters in 15 states participated in the Freshman Send-Off Parties, serving 1,323 students and their family members. Here are some photos from the events this summer:

We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!

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08.04.2014

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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