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UGA in D.C. reception brings together alumni, friends

UGA alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area had an opportunity to reconnect at a reception June 20. In attendance were (from left) Vice President of Government Relations Griffin Doyle, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Government Relations Assistant Samantha Cadet, Director of Federal Relations Carly McCallie, and Government Relations Intern Cameron Keen. (Photo credit: Dennis Kan)

The nation’s capital felt like the Classic City when the University of Georgia hosted its annual UGA in Washington reception on June 20 at Union Station.

At the event, UGA alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area connected with one another as well as with UGA Vice President for Government Relations Griff Doyle.

More than 130 UGA alumni work on Capitol Hill. Among those in attendance at the reception were Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Sen. David Perdue. Reps. Buddy Carter, Rick Allen, Karen Handel and Jody Hice also attended.

“It’s always a pleasure to host UGA in Washington because we get to meet with our terrific D.C. alumni,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations. “Georgia is well represented in the capital by our alumni working in the area and our students in Delta Hall.”

Since Delta Hall’s opening in 2015, more than 200 UGA students have taken classes, participated in internships and immersed themselves in D.C. culture. Many of those students remained in the area after graduation and stay connected to the university through the D.C. Dawgs alumni chapter.

The D.C. alumni chapter hosts dozens of professional development and cultural events every year, in addition to game watching parties during football season