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The 2014 Ring Ceremony has arrived!

It's a sign that the 2013-2014 academic year is approaching its conclusion: UGA students who purchased a UGA ring will don the ring for the first time tomorrow morning during the 2014 Ring Ceremony at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens. During the intimate ceremony, ring recipients will be presented with it in front of friends and family members. The ceremony is an excellent way for soon-to-be-graduates to enjoy a more personal recognition gathering than what commencement offers.

The Official UGA Ring Program is entrusted to the UGA Alumni Association and represents the honor and traditions of the University of Georgia. Each UGA ring reflects the wearer's excellence, integrity and accomplishments as a graduate of Georgia's flagship institution of higher education. It is reserved exclusively for students who have earned at least 60 credit hours and graduates of the university.

The UGA ring serves as a lifelong reminder of time spent at UGA and is a tangible connection to generations of alumni. Prior to graduation, students wear the ring with the Arch facing toward their body. Upon graduation, though, wearers turn the ring outward, proudly stating: "I am a person of excellence; a person of integrity; a leader; and most importantly, a graduate of the University of Georgia."

Congratulations to the newest generation of UGA ring-bearers!

To learn how you can purchase your official UGA ring, please click here.

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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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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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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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