UGA Alumni Association:



Seniors, we’re hosting the first ever Commencement Celebration!

Class of 2013, graduation is just around the corner – you made it! The UGA Alumni Association will host the inaugural Commencement Celebration tomorrow, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tate Plaza, and I hope you will mark your calendars to join us!

The first 200 seniors in attendance will receive the official UGA alumni T-shirt and the first 250 will take home a gift from the Alumni Association. The University of Georgia Bookstore will offer a 20 percent discount on clothing and gifts to graduating seniors, and we’ll unveil the Class of 2013 Senior Signature plaque.

And what party would be complete without FREE FOOD? We’ll provide you with food and refreshments to enjoy while registering to win giveaways such as Mark Richt-signed mini helmets, $50 UGA Bookstore gift cards, Onward Reserve T-shirts, UGA gift baskets and other fun swag.

Forget about planning your outfit for Commencement, packing your apartment, or sending out resumes and cover letters tomorrow. Instead, join your fellow Bulldogs for one last on-campus hurrah!

And don’t forget to use #UGAGradParty on Twitter and Instagram – we want to see your photos with your friends!

Congratulations, soon-to-be graduates, on all of your academic and extracurricular achievements at UGA. We’re excited to host the first event in your honor this week. We’re proud to have you joining the more than 280,000 other living alumni around the world.

See you tomorrow – Go Dawgs!

For more information about tomorrow’s festivities, please click here. If you are interested in volunteering with the UGA Alumni Association this week, please click here.

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