2024 University of Georgia graduates embody a culture of giving

Senior Signature campaign raises more than $100,000 for students, campus funds.

Every spring, the University of Georgia graduating class contributes a gift to the university to mark their legacy on campus for generations of students to come. The Class of 2024 has continued this tradition with a strong showing of support for their soon-to-be alma mater. For the fourth year in a row, over 3,000 student-donors contributed to the Senior Signature campaign.

This year, 3,201 members of the 2024 class contributed over $100,000 through Senior Signature, the university’s class gift program that has been in place since 1991. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students participate in the campaign.

“My fellow members of the Class of 2024 have demonstrated the importance of devoting time and energy to their passions,” said Caroline Reedy, outgoing president of the UGA Student Alumni Council. “We all know how important it is to leave things better than we found them, and the Class of 2024 has truly shown their commitment to campus, even as they are getting ready to leave it.”

The minimum Senior Signature donation is $30 and serves as an opportunity for students to learn how financial support can be designated to a variety of funds across campus. Each student donor is invited to direct $20 of their gift to an area of campus that made a positive impact on their time here. This year, students contributed to 621 funds at UGA. Among those funds were the Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund and the Sunshine Fund, both geared toward supporting holistic student well-being on campus.

The remaining $10 of a student’s donation is combined with other class members’ gifts to provide grant funding to a student organization of the group’s choice. This year, student donors selected XChanged Life to receive the grant during the upcoming academic year. The organization plans to host an event tailored to exchange, international, and UGA students, with the aim of exposing more international students to American culture, facilitating cultural exchange, and promoting greater interconnectedness among the student population at UGA.

In addition to supporting future generations of Bulldogs, student donors’ names will be engraved on the Class of 2024 plaque in Tate Plaza, just steps away from Sanford Stadium, Tate Student Center and Memorial Hall. The plaque will be installed ahead of Spring Commencement.

The tradition of student giving 

Reedy and fellow members of the UGA Student Alumni Council engage their peers throughout the year to connect with alumni and to participate in campus traditions that enhance the student experience. They also strive to impress upon other students the importance of giving back philanthropically to UGA.

Their efforts, which include hosting fundraising events, peer-to-peer education via social media and email, and tabling on campus during the 2023-2024 academic year, help to engage their peers throughout their time at UGA.

“Students have a lot of opportunities to give back beyond the Senior Signature program,” said Reedy. “Initiatives like Beat Week, Dawg Day of Giving, and other special fundraising campaigns give students the opportunity to leave their mark on this university in a way that best suits them and their experiences here.”

To learn more about Senior Signature, go to alumni.uga.edu/seniorsignature.

UGA alumni, faculty and friends receive 2024 Alumni Awards

The University of Georgia recognized this year’s Alumni Awards honorees during a luncheon April 5 in Athens. The annual Alumni Awards were first presented in 1936 to celebrate those individuals and organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to UGA. The 2024 honorees are:

“This year’s recipients have shown time and time again that their devotion to the University of Georgia is truly in a class of its own,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Their commitment and generosity continue to make our university stronger and more equipped to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”

2024 Alumni Merit Awards

The Alumni Merit Award is the oldest and highest honor for a UGA graduate. The award is presented to individuals who bring recognition and honor to the university through outstanding leadership and service to UGA, the community and their profession.

Susan Waltman graduated from UGA in 1973 and 1975 and is now special counsel for the Greater New York Hospital Association. Over the years, Waltman has shared her time and expertise with her alma mater by serving on the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees, UGA Foundation Emeritus Trustees Leadership Committee, UGA Research Foundation Board of Directors and the advisory boards of UGA’s Honors Program — now the Jere W. Morehead Honors College — and the College of Public Health. Since 2006, Waltman has hosted the Honors in New York Internship Program and, in many cases, stays in touch with those interns, writing recommendations for graduate school, scholarships and other professional opportunities. She extends her UGA support to include financial giving, having established scholarship funds in the College of Public Health, the Law School and as part of the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program. She created the Public Health Outreach Support Fund and the Honors in New York Internship Fund at the Honors College and regularly supports the Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Scholarship Fund and the Fund to Advance Diversity and Inclusion. For decades, she has nurtured a growing culture of UGA philanthropy among alumni in the New York region by hosting lunches and gatherings, including regular holiday dinners, and by attending UGA alumni activities.

Craig Barrow III is a 1965 UGA graduate whose direct family ties to the university date back generations, starting with his late grandfather who graduated in 1896. The Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia, has been in Barrow’s family since 1737, and 750 acres of that land were eventually donated to the state of Georgia in an effort to conserve and democratize access to the land. In 2013, Barrow arranged for the Wormsloe Foundation to donate 15 acres of the estate to UGA to become the Center for Research and Education at Wormsloe. Wormsloe’s unique landscape and the Barrows’ meticulous documentation of human activity onsite now offer UGA students and faculty opportunities for research, education and community outreach. In 2016, Barrow began raising funds for the Experiential Learning Center at Wormsloe, which was dedicated in 2023. Barrow is a founding member of the UGA Libraries’ Board of Visitors, a founder and former chair of the UGA Press Advisory Council and a UGA Foundation emeritus trustee. He led the fundraising effort to build the new Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building at UGA. In 2010, the Barrow family was recognized as the Family of the Year by the UGA Alumni Association. Barrow is managing director at Stifel Financial in Savannah.

2024 Family of the Year Award

The Family of the Year Award is presented to a family that demonstrates a history of loyalty to UGA. These individuals bring recognition and honor to UGA through outstanding leadership and service to the university and the community at large.

Shell and Wyck Knox’s family connections to UGA date back to the 1920s. By the 1930s, no fewer than five individuals from the Knox and Hardman families had graduated from the university, followed by nine more in the 1960s, including Shell and Wyck, who would unite the families in 1967. After graduating from UGA in 1962 and 1964, Wyck began an exceptional law career while Shell, who graduated in 1966, devoted her time to education, the arts, historic preservation and conservation. In the 1980s, she became one of the first women to serve on the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees, a distinction she would one-up when she became the first woman chair of the board. In recognition of her service, Shell received the UGA Alumni Merit Award in 2000. Over the years, Shell and Wyck have served on a litany of boards and committees, including the Law School Board of Visitors, the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority, the UGA Athletics Board of Directors, the Georgia Museum of Art Board of Advisors, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Board of Judges and the Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators. Notably, Wyck served as a founding director and chair of the Georgia Lottery Corporation Board of Directors, helping to launch the lottery and the HOPE Scholarship it funded, which has provided scholarship support to millions of Georgia students. Their children, Wyck Knox III, Shell Knox Berry, Hardman Knox and Davis Knox, share their parents’ dedication to service. Hardman is a past chair of the Terry College of Business Alumni Board and will become a UGA Foundation advisory trustee on July 1. Davis served on the Terry College Young Alumni Board and the UGA Innovation District External Advisory Board. The Knox family has made gifts to many UGA schools, colleges, causes and initiatives, including the Morehead Honors College, School of Law and Terry College of Business. Their Knox Scholarship Fund alone has supported over 280 students since it was established in 1976.

2024 Faculty Service Award

The Faculty Service Award is presented to current or former faculty or staff who have demonstrated loyalty and service to the university through outstanding leadership in higher education.

After 40 years of service, Victor K. Wilson retired from UGA in 2023. The 1982 and 1987 UGA graduate’s first job was with his alma mater as director of orientation and assistant director of admissions. His career path eventually took him to leadership positions at Agnes Scott College, Northern Arizona University, and the College of Charleston before returning him to UGA in 2013. Starting then, he served as assistant to the president, associate vice president for student affairs and, most recently, vice president for student affairs. In that final role, Wilson served as the chief student affairs officer, overseeing 16 departments and nearly 600 staff members focused on enriching student learning and supporting student development. Wilson has held leadership roles in several national student affairs organizations and serves on the boards of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, St. Mary’s Health Care System, Athens Academy and the Red Cross of Northeast Georgia. Wilson supplemented his professional service with generous gifts to UGA, supporting the Arch Society, Blue Key, the Dean of Students Support Fund, Multicultural Services and Programs, UGA Miracle Dance Marathon and a variety of scholarship funds. Wilson also established a scholarship, named for his mother, for members of UGA’s Black Male Leadership Society.

2024 Friend of UGA Award

The Friend of UGA Award is presented to a non-alumnus or organization for their devotion to the greater good of the university.

Callaway Foundation Inc. is a place-based foundation that supports quality of life in Troup County, Georgia. The foundation’s initial wealth was generated in the early 1900s, as entrepreneur Fuller Callaway Sr. created banks, insurance companies, real estate companies and textile mills. He was known for developing vibrant mill village communities and for his philanthropic support for schools, churches, hospitals and other charitable organizations in Troup County. Callaway Sr.’s legacy was carried on by his two sons. Cason, the older son, helped to found Callaway Gardens while Fuller Jr., established what later became Callaway Foundation Inc. Fuller Jr. and his wife, Alice Hand Callaway, helped to steward Callaway Foundation Inc. and the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation for more than 50 years. Callaway Foundation, Inc., the larger of the two foundations, has contributed over $440 million during its 81-year history to religious, educational and charitable organizations. These organizations are mainly located in Troup County, but a few exceptions include institutions that serve Troup County residents, such as UGA. The foundation’s philanthropic engagement with the university began in 1978, and its impact can be seen across campus. Callaway Foundation Inc. helped UGA build the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on East Campus; it aided the enhancement of the Health Sciences Campus; it supported endowed, need-based Georgia Commitment Scholarships; it helped the School of Law extend its law clinic services to rural and underserved parts of Georgia and much more. The area of UGA that has benefited the most from its support is the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, where the Alice Hand Callaway Visitors Center and Conservatory, the Callaway Administration Building, and the entrance and elevator to the Garden Plaza are all named in honor of the enduring relationship between the garden and the foundation.

2024 Young Alumni Award

The Young Alumni Award is presented to individuals who bring recognition and honor to UGA through outstanding leadership and service to the university, the community and their profession. The recipient must have attended UGA within the past 10 years.

David B. Dove, a 2009 and 2014 UGA graduate, is a partner at Troutman Pepper law firm in Atlanta. He began his career in Georgia state government soon after graduation and became the chief of staff and legal counsel for then-Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp. He went on to serve the now-governor as executive counsel and was Kemp’s lead attorney in landmark victories in the Tri-State Water Wars in 2020 and 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 presidential election and over 800 days under a state emergency. He is the only person to serve as executive counsel at the beginning of both the first and second terms of a Georgia governor. Today, Dove shares his expertise with UGA students as a UGA School of Law adjunct professor and through mentoring relationships. He also chairs the UGA School of Public and International Affairs Alumni Board and serves on the Law School Alumni Council, the Uniform Law Commission’s Georgia Delegation and the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society Executive Board. In 2019, Dove was named a UGA 40 Under 40 honoree, and in 2023, he received the UGA Law School Young Alumni/Alumnae of Excellence Award.

“This year’s honorees are, as always, inspiring and reflect a level of commitment to the University of Georgia that is unmatched in most other individuals and organizations,” said Lee Zell, president of the UGA Alumni Association. “We thank them for their loyalty, their commitment and their passion, and are so proud to recognize them in this way.”

More about these distinguished members of the UGA community, including video spotlights, is available at alumni.uga.edu/alumniawards.

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UGA Class of 2022 achieves 96% career outcomes rate

Class of 2022 results are in, and once again, University of Georgia graduates have shown that their experience as UGA students prepared them to succeed beyond graduation.

According to career outcomes data released by the UGA Career Center, 96% of UGA Class of 2022 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

This year marks UGA’s 11th consecutive year with a career outcomes rate of 90% or higher. The career outcomes rate of UGA’s previous seven graduating classes has consistently been 8% to 11% higher than the national career outcomes rate, as published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Among the Class of 2022 UGA graduates, 63% reported being employed full time; 24% were continuing their education; and 10% were engaged in post-graduate internships, fellowships, residencies, postdoctoral research, part-time jobs or said they were not seeking employment.

“This impressive career outcomes rate reflects the positive impact of numerous collaborative efforts undertaken by the UGA community to prepare our students for successful careers,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “It is clear that a UGA education provides an extraordinary return on investment for our students and their families.”

UGA Class of 2022 graduates were hired by 2,998 unique employers and are working full time across a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Business: 68%
  • Education: 20%
  • Government: 7%
  • Nonprofits: 6%

Top employers include Amazon, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Home Depot. See the full list.


Class of 2022 graduate Jessica Tardy found employment as a product analyst with FLEETCOR Technologies in Atlanta, where she manages customer insights, tests customer journeys, and coordinates product changes between cross-functional teams. Tardy says the UGA Career Center aided her search by connecting her with alumni through LinkedIn, TerryConnect and the UGA Mentor Program.

Like Tardy, 87% of graduates employed full time or in post-graduate internships reported that their job aligns with their career aspirations. Additionally, more than half of survey respondents who indicated that they were employed had secured their employment prior to graduation.

As a land-grant and sea-grant institution, UGA is committed to supporting Georgia’s workforce needs. Of the Class of 2022 graduates, 69% accepted jobs within Georgia, strengthening organizations and communities across the state. The remaining 31% secured positions across 48 U.S. states and 31 countries.


Jaquarius K. Raglin is a 2022 graduate who chose to continue his education, pursuing a Master in the Study of Law from the University of Georgia’s School of Law. He is preparing for a career in health policy and credits the UGA Career Center with helping him prepare for life after school, especially through on-campus resume review days, one-on-one appointments with career consultants and finding a mentor through the UGA Mentor Program.

Raglin represents the 24% of Class of 2022 graduates who are now furthering their education in top schools such as Columbia University, New York University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University and, of course, UGA.

The UGA Career Center calculates the career outcomes rate each January by collecting information from surveys, phone calls, employer reporting, UGA departments, the National Student Clearinghouse and social media websites such as LinkedIn. The current data is based on the known career outcomes of 8,073 graduates from the Class of 2022.

NOTE: Percentages may add up to over 100 because of rounding.

For more information about the Class of 2022 career outcomes, visit career.uga.edu/outcomes.

To learn about hiring UGA graduates, visit hireuga.com.



6 Stories that Prove Love is in the Air at UGA

Nearly 25,000 couples met and fell in love at the University of Georgia. This Valentine’s Day, we’ve highlighted some Bulldog love stories to prove that love is in the air all over campus (and beyond).

These DC Dawgs found love AFTER graduation

Lynne and Rob together at the 2022 CFP National Championship in Indianapolis

Lynne and Rob Randolph met as members of the DC Alumni Chapter in August of 2004 while reconnecting with fellow bulldogs. The two make regular trips to Athens with their two children.

From dorm parties to professorships

Jeff & Sydney Shellebarger

Jeff and Sydney Shellebarger met during a party at a UGA residence hall in the ’70s. Now, they are responsible for creating the first-ever professorship for the department of Geology.

Graduate Dawgs reconnect

Amanda Stables and Spencer WoodyAmanda Stables and Spencer Woody both grew up in the great state of Georgia but met 500+ miles away at Cedarville University. Both Bulldogs at heart, they decided to come back to Athens as Amanda pursued a master’s in social work and Spencer attended Georgia Law.

Grady couple continues to support students in mass communication

Powells dog

Elizabeth and Joey Powell both graduated with degrees from Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication and found success in public relations and advertising. The two still give to Grady to support the success of future Grady couples!

UGA busses spark romanceTeman Worku + Kevin Steele Rooftop Engagement

Teman Worku and Kevin Steele sparked their epic love story on a UGA bus from Athens to Atlanta to attend the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Luncheon with the Student Alumni Council.

World travelers reconvene in Athens


Chris and Jenny D’Elia were both on separate studies abroad, Chris in the Pacific Islands and Jenny in Cortona, prior to them fortuitously meeting back in Athens upon their arrival home. Now, they share an adventurous spirit and travel as much as possible.


Looking for more heartwarming love stories? Check out our 2020 V-Day blog on Bulldog Love Stories!

Celebrate Mentoring Month!

January is National Mentoring Month, and the UGA Mentor Program is thrilled to host events all month long to celebrate and highlight mentorship in all its forms.

Key Mentoring Month Dates:

January 11: I am a UGA Mentor Day (Virtual) – If you are a UGA Mentor, celebrate on social media using #UGAMentor. If you’re not yet a UGA Mentor, learn more about the benefits of the program at mentor.uga.edu.

January 16: Dr. MLK Day of Service (Virtual) – Explore virtual volunteering opportunities and plan something with your mentee. Share your story using #UGAMentor

January 17: International Mentoring Day (Virtual) – Join in the fun with these UGA Mentor Program graphics and celebrate mentorship around the world using #UGAMentor on social media.

January 18: UGA Mentor Program Welcome (Tabling Event on Campus, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tate Concourse) – UGA Mentor Program Ambassadors will be out on campus recruiting new mentees. Let us know if you’d like to volunteer your time to come help us.

January 20: International Coffee Hour (Event on Campus) – Come join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Ballroom to learn how mentorship differs from culture to culture and how mentors can support international students on their UGA journey. If you were an international student or worked/studied abroad and would like to help us with this event, please let us know!

January 26: I am a UGA Mentee Day (Virtual) – Even if you’re not yet an official UGA Mentor, celebrate students who have recognized the benefits of becoming a UGA Mentee. Don’t forget to use #UGAMentor on social media.

January 27: Black Male Mentoring Dinner (Event in Athens) – This is an invitation-only event, hosted in partnership with the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity. For more information, email ugamentor@uga.edu

January 31: Thank Your UGA Mentor Day (Virtual) – Help us thank all the UGA alumni, faculty and staff who have discovered the joys of giving back as UGA Mentors. Be sure to use #UGAMentor on social media.

Take the next step!

Joining the UGA Mentor Program is a convenient and rewarding way to provide guidance to a new generation of Bulldogs. It may surprise you how much YOU get from giving back this way! Visit mentor.uga.edu to read inspiring testimonials from program participants, scroll through FAQs and discover how easy it is to sign up.

Become a mentor

The best of the Classic City

The fall is a busy time at the University of Georgia. With the semester underway and football season in full swing, plenty of Bulldogs find themselves back home in Athens for a weekend. There are so many reasons to love the Classic City, from the music scene to Saturdays in Sanford Stadium to the restaurants, so we put together a guide to some of our favorite things to do in Athens, Georgia.


Athens is known for its vibrant music scene, and a show at 40 Watt or the Georgia Theatre is always a good time. If you prefer movies, Ciné is a great stop for a flick downtown. The Georgia Museum of Art, the official art museum of the state of Georgia, showcases a permanent collection of visual art as well as rotating exhibitions.

Good Eats & Shopping

The restaurant choices are vast, so we took a 48-hour food tour to some of our favorite spots. From coffee and doughnuts to pizza and burgers, you’re sure to be well fed during your stay in Athens.

Our caffeine stop on the tour is Jittery Joe’s Downtown – they’re the perfect place for a cup of coffee or if you want to take home a Bulldog-themed coffee tin! While you’re downtown, be sure to browse the plethora of shops where you can find everything from UGA gameday gear to thrifted treasures. There’s plenty of Bulldog-owned places to shop as well, like Cheeky Peach and Fab’rik.

Another Athens staple is Mama’s Boy, a classic southern restaurant serving the best of breakfast and lunch in two locations. It’s a favorite with Athens residents, students, and visitors alike.

Get Outdoors

If you’re here for a football gameday, tailgating on campus is a must. North Campus and Myers Quad are popular tailgating destinations, but on gameday you can find people on all parts of campus. Even if you’re not headed to the game, tailgates are a great way to join in on the fun.

Walking through The State Botanical Garden of Georgia or along the Lake Herrick walking trails provides an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. If you’re traveling with kids, the Playground of Possibilities features an accessible play space and Memorial Park offers trails and a zoo.

Thanks for following along! Hope to see you in Athens soon, Bulldogs.

The Jerry Tanner Show – Week 8, 2022: Florida

Florida’s rebuilding, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some bite. Ignore the orange behemoth on the horizon—we’ve got Gator to cook.

The Dawgs have some great games coming up that are sure to produce some unforgettable moments. Experience those moments in the best atmosphere outside of the Hedges by going to a UGA Alumni game-watching party. Go to alumni.uga.edu/gamewatching to find a party near you.

Jerry Tanner is everyone you’ve ever met at a UGA tailgate, everyone who’s ever talked about Georgia football by your cubicle, and every message board poster who claims to have a cousin who cut Vince Dooley’s grass. He’s a UGA alumnus, he’s a college football fanatic with a Twitter addiction, and he’s definitely a real person and not a character played by Clarke Schwabe.

Fresh Express – free student market opens on campus thanks to parent and student donors

For students, by students

“Dedicated to nourishing bodies, empowering minds, and creating a community of compassion.”

This is the mission of Fresh Express, a student-led market created to address food insecurity on UGA’s campus by providing produce and non-perishables to students.

The market, located in Joe Frank Harris Dining Commons on East Campus, is open on Thursdays and Fridays. In partnership with UGArden, Fresh Express provides produce to students who may be struggling to afford healthy meals during the semester. After serving students at tabling events during the Spring semester of 2022, the Student Government Association (SGA), with financial support from the 2021 Student Alumni Council Class Gift and Parents Leadership Council, celebrated its grand opening on August 31. Students interested in utilizing Fresh Express are encouraged to visit the Fresh Express website to register for a pick-up time.

Financial support for Fresh Express

Senior Signature

The Class Gift is coordinated by the Student Alumni Council and funded by Senior Signature, an annual giving campaign for UGA seniors to give back to campus by contributing to areas that were significant to their experience at the university. $10 of each contribution goes towards the Class Gift, which benefits one on-campus organization voted upon by Senior Signature donors. UGA student organizations are eligible to apply for the Class Gift each Spring to receive funds for the following academic year.

With the collective support of Senior Signature donors from the Class of 2021, Fresh Express is able to meet student needs across campus — but Senior Signature’s impact does not stop there. The Class of 2022 selected the UGA Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association as the recipient of their Class Gift. During the 2022-2023 academic year, this organization will receive up to $6,000 to support graduate students pursuing careers in speech-language pathology.

Parents Leadership Council

Fresh Express also is supported by funding from the Parents Leadership Council, a group of UGA parents who give back to undergraduate student organizations. After applying for a grant from the PLC, SGA was awarded $12,750 to assist with the establishment and day-to-day operations of Fresh Express and the SGA Professional Clothing Closet. The PLC grants are awarded annually to fund scholarships, support critical undergraduate student needs, and assist registered student organizations with projects and programs that enhance the quality of life for students. Over the past 10 years, the Parents Leadership Council has awarded $4.6 million in grant support to a variety of initiatives across campus–from student life and financial assistance to well-being and service learning. Grant applications for 2023 open in October.

Because of Fresh Express and the generosity of UGA students and parents, students facing food insecurity can focus on learning and getting involved on campus. If you are interested in making a difference through Senior Signature or Parents Leadership Council, visit the pages below to learn more.