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As nation mourns, UGA remembers President Bush

With Wednesday being a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, the University of Georgia looks back at the times the former U.S. president visited campus.

The first was a Bicentennial Convocation in October 1984. This was a full academic convocation that took place in the Coliseum as part of a series of events to mark the 200th anniversary of UGA in January 1985. Participants dressed in full academic regalia, including former President Bush, who was then U.S. vice president and was the featured speaker, and Gov. Joe Frank Harris.

The second was for the dedication of the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences in April 2006. The project was the centerpiece of the university’s growing presence in the field of biomedical and health research. Former President Bush was the featured speaker. Coverdell was a U.S. senator from Georgia from 1992 to 2000, when he died while still in office.

The photographs from the two events in the above gallery are from the files of the UGA Division of Marketing & Communications.