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Honors Week to recognize excellence at UGA

Honors Week is a UGA tradition. (Photo illustration by Lindsay Robinson)

Several campus special events are being planned for April 18-22

The university community will celebrate Honors Week 2022 from April 18-22 with a series of events that recognize excellence among students, staff, faculty and alumni.

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

“Honors Week celebrates the commitment to excellence that defines the University of Georgia community,” said S. Jack Hu, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Congratulations to all of the outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni who are being recognized this year.”

Honors Week activities are listed below, and a special printed edition of Columns will be published on April 18 to recognize award recipients. For more information, including events held at the school or college level, visit

PSO Meeting and Awards Luncheon: April 18

Honors Week will begin April 18 with the 31st annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel; the awards luncheon will be held at noon.

Faculty Recognition Banquet: April 18

The Faculty Recognition Banquet also will be held April 18. An invitation-only event, the banquet will be held in Mahler Hall of the Georgia Center. The reception will begin at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the banquet will recognize the winners of the 2022 awards for teaching excellence, including the Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships and the Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as the SEC Professor of the Year, University Professors and Regents’ Professors.

Graduate School Honors Luncheon: April 19

The Graduate School Honors Luncheon will be held on April 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Ballroom of the Georgia Center. Hosted by the Graduate School, this invitation-only event will recognize recipients of the 2022 awards for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, Excellence in Research by Graduate Students, Outstanding Graduate Mentoring and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education.

Presidential Honors Week Luncheon: April 20

Hosted by the Office of the President, the Presidential Honors Week Luncheon will be held April 20. The invitation-only event will recognize 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.

Morehead Honors College Graduation Banquet: April 20

The Morehead Honors College Graduation Banquet also will be held April 20. The invitation-only event will recognize Morehead Honors College students who graduated in the summer or fall of 2021 as well as the graduating class of May 2022. Recognitions presented at the banquet include outstanding student awards, the Lothar Tresp and Hatten Howard Outstanding Professor awards and the Jere W. Morehead Award, which is given to an exceptional alumna/alumnus or friend of the Morehead Honors College.

Research Awards Banquet: April 21

The 43rd annual Research Awards ­Banquet will be held April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Mahler Hall of the Georgia Center. The invitation-only event is sponsored by the University of Georgia Research Foundation and recognizes excellence in UGA research and scholarly creativity. Awards are given annually to honor outstanding faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.

Alumni Awards Luncheon: April 22

Honors Week will conclude April 22 with the Alumni Awards Luncheon, which will begin at noon and will be held in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. 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.