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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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Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

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Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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