The Office of Special Events...
■ handles an average of 115 events per year with a staff of nine, including six event planners and three administrative staff members.
■ holds ongoing events including President's Club and galas, academic ceremonies, groundbreakings, dedications and receptions.
The Office of Special Events here at The University of Georgia handles an average of 115 events per year with a total staff of nine, including six event planners and three administrative staff members. By no measure does this include all the events that occur on campus in a typical year. It does cover those events that are most closely related to the President of the university and his senior administrators.
Beginning every fall semester, new deans, administrators and faculty members are welcomed with receptions to introduce them to their colleagues. As the year progresses, ground is broken for new buildings, and dedication ceremonies are held to celebrate the grand openings. Receptions are held to honor special guests who visit the campus, and to commemorate special occasions. Retirees are honored. Commencement ceremonies and related events are held three times each year for graduates, their families and friends. Contributors to the university are recognized and thanked. Capital campaigns are launched, supported with events nationwide, and achievements celebrated.
In the past few years we have welcomed two former presidents and two supreme court justices to the UGA campus in conjunction with important conferences. A one-of-a-kind three-day conference on the Carter Presidency that included a large cadre of participants in his administration was one of our proudest accomplishments. Former President Herbert Walker Bush (41) and Mrs. Bush visited to honor his good friend by dedicating UGA's Paul Coverdell BioMedical and Health Sciences Building. You may find this series of events in our gallery as well.