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UGA to celebrate Honors Week April 11-15

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia will celebrate the successes of its students, faculty, staff and alumni in a series of events during Honors Week, April 11-15.

Honors Week at UGA dates back to the 1930s, when then-Chancellor S.V. Sanford set aside a day to recognize exemplary students. The event was expanded to a full week in 2011 to include events recognizing faculty, staff and alumni.

“Honors Week is a celebration of the innumerable ways that our faculty, staff, students and alumni help make the University of Georgia such a vibrant academic community,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten.

In addition to several invitation-only events, Honors Week activities include the Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon and the 2016 UGA Alumni Awards Luncheon, which are open to the public. Numerous departments across the schools and colleges also will be holding special recognition ceremonies for honored students in their disciplines; for more information, go to

April 11
25th Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., luncheon at noon
Georgia Center for Continuing Education Hotel and Conference Center
Open to the public, but online registration is required at
Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions on fundraising, communications, applied research, experiential learning and social styles. A luncheon in the Magnolia Ballroom will honor the 2016 Public Service and Outreach award recipients. The 2015-16 Service-Learning Fellows’ poster presentations, highlighting the courses and projects they have developed during their yearlong fellowship with the Office of Service-Learning, will be on display.

Faculty Recognition Banquet
5:45 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
Mahler Auditorium, Georgia Center
Attendance by invitation only
Sponsored by the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the event will recognize the winners of this year’s awards for teaching excellence, including the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships and the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as faculty, staff and graduate students who will be honored for outstanding teaching and advising.

Tuesday, April 12
Presidential Honors Week Luncheon

11:30 a.m., registration and photos; noon luncheon
President’s House, 570 Prince Ave.
Attendance by invitation only
Hosted by the Office of the President, the recognition luncheon will honor First Honor Graduates and Student Government Association leaders, as well as student recipients of the Presidential Award of Excellence and national scholarship winners.

Wednesday, April 13, Honors Day
Honors Day recognition ceremony for the Terry College of Business

9:30-11 a.m.
The Chapel
Honors Day at the Terry College recognizes high achievers who demonstrate excellence in their academic endeavors. Each year, graduate and undergraduate recipients of named scholarships and departmental awards are celebrated at this special ceremony.

Honors Program Banquet
5:30 p.m. registration, 6:30 p.m. dinner
The Classic Center
Attendance by invitation only
The event will recognize Honors Program students who have graduated in the summer or fall of 2015 as well as the graduating class of May 2016. Recognitions presented at the banquet include the Jere W. Morehead Award, which is given to an exceptional friend of the Honors Program.

Thursday, April 14
Research Awards Banquet

5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
Mahler Hall, Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Attendance by invitation only
Hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the event is a recognition dinner for students and faculty with outstanding accomplishments in research.

Friday, April 15
Alumni Awards Luncheon

11 a.m., Tate Student Center
The UGA Alumni Association will present the Young Alumni Award, Faculty Service Award, Friend of UGA Award and Alumni Merit Awards to recognize those individuals who-through their service, contributions and accomplishments- bring distinction and honor to UGA, the state, nation and world. To register, see

Master of Public Administration Anniversary
Honors Week concludes with a two-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Master of Public Administration program, which U.S. News & World Report recently ranked fourth in the nation among graduate schools of public affairs. The School of Public and International Affairs will host several events April 15-16, including an MPA showcase, a G-Day game tailgate and a gala dinner. For more information and to register for the weekend events, see