Signature Events:

Founders Week

Each year, the UGA Alumni Association is proud to celebrate the signing of the University of Georgia Charter that took place on January 27, 1785. In recognition of the university's anniversary as the nation's first state-chartered institution of higher education, the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Emeriti Scholars present the annual Founders Day Lecture. The lecture is held in the UGA Chapel and has become a Founders Day tradition, drawing alumni, students, faculty, esteemed guests and members of the community.

In addition, the UGA Student Alumni Association hosts a variety of free Founders Week events and giveaways for students to celebrate the day UGA became the first state-chartered institution of higher learning.

2014 Founders Day Lecture

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
2:00 p.m. - The UGA Chapel
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The 2014 Founders Day Lecture will be presented by Dr. Loch Johnson, Regents and Meigs Professor in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs, and will be titled, "Accountability in the Shadowy World of Intelligence." Third-year Foundation Fellow Megan White will provide the student response.

2014 Founders Week

The UGA Student Alumni Association will sponsor a series of free events in advance of and followin the lecture. For more information about these events, please email Assistant Director of Student Programs Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11) at

  • Monday, January 27: UGA's 229th Birthday Celebration in Tate Plaza (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, January 28: Founders Week T-shirt Giveaway in Tate Plaza (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 30: Birthday cupcakes for students in the UGA Dining Halls (during lunch and dinner)
  • Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31: 100 Days Until Graduation in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
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