Campus News

UGA to celebrate Honors Week April 16-20

(UGA file photo)

The University of Georgia will celebrate the accomplishments of its students, faculty, staff and alumni in a series of events during Honors Week, April 16-20.

Honors Week is an annual UGA tradition that dates back to the 1930s, when then–Chancellor S.V. Sanford dedicated a day to recognize outstanding students. The event was expanded to a full week in 2011 to include events recognizing faculty, staff and alumni.

“Honors Week celebrates the individuals who make the University of Georgia one of the nation’s leading public universities,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “Their successes and accomplishments are a source of tremendous pride and resonate well beyond campus.”

In addition to numerous invitation-only events, Honors Week activities include the Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon as well as the 2018 Alumni Awards Luncheon, which are open to the public. Departments across UGA’s schools and colleges will also hold recognition ceremonies for honored students in their respective disciplines. For more information, visit

Monday, April 16
27th Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon
9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., awards luncheon at noon
UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel
Open to the public, but online registration required at

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions during the morning and afternoon. A luncheon in the Magnolia Ballroom will honor the 2018 Public Service and Outreach award recipients. Poster presentations highlighting the courses and projects developed by the 2017-18 Service-Learning Fellows during their yearlong fellowship with the Office of Service-Learning will also be on display.

Faculty Recognition Banquet
5:45 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner
Georgia Center, Mahler Hall
Attendance by invitation only

Hosted by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the event will recognize the winners of the 2018 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 and graduate students who will be honored for outstanding teaching and advising.

Wednesday April, 18: Honors Day
Presidential Honors Week Luncheon
President’s House, 570 Prince Ave.
Attendance by invitation only

Hosted by the Office of the President, the recognition luncheon will honor the university’s most distinguished undergraduate scholars, including First Honor graduates and Student Government Association leaders, as well as student recipients of the Presidential Award of Excellence and national scholarship winners.

Honors Program Graduation Banquet
The Classic Center
Attendance by invitation only

The banquet will recognize Honors Program students who graduated in the summer or fall of 2017 as well as the graduating class of May 2018. Recognitions presented at the banquet include the Lothar Tresp and Hatten Howard Outstanding Professor awards as well as the Jere W. Morehead Award, which is given to an exceptional alumna/alumnus or friend of the Honors Program.

Thursday, April 19
Research Awards Banquet
Georgia Center, Mahler Hall
Attendance by invitation only.

The 39th Annual Research Awards Banquet is sponsored by the University of Georgia Research Foundation Inc. and recognizes excellence in UGA research and scholarly creativity. Awards are given annually to honor outstanding faculty and graduate students.

Friday, April 20
Alumni Awards Luncheon
Tate Student Center, Grand Hall
Open to the public, but online registration required at

The Alumni Awards Luncheon celebrates distinguished alumni, faculty members and friends of UGA. The UGA Alumni Association will present the Alumni Merit Award, Faculty Service Award, Young Alumni Award, Family of the Year Award and Friend of the Year Award to recognize those who demonstrate dedication to the University of Georgia.