Founders Week at UGA

Each January, the University of Georgia proudly celebrates its place in history as the birthplace of public higher education in America. A weeklong series of events, including the annual Founders Day Lecture, are held for the Athens and campus communities. We sparked a movement that continues to shape our nation–join us as we recognize this historic commitment.

Marshall Shepherd

Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, will present the lecture, “Partly Sunny or Partly Cloudy? The Challenges of Communicating Science to Non-Scientists.”

2018 Founders Week Events

Monday, Jan. 22
10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Founders Week T-shirt giveaway on Tate north lawn.
1:30-3:30 p.m.16th annual Founders Day lecture featuring Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, associate head of the Department of Geography and director of programs in Atmospheric Sciences

Tuesday, Jan. 23
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Tradition Tuesday at the Abraham Baldwin statue
11 a.m.-4 p.m.100 Days ‘Til Graduation Celebration in Memorial Hall Ballroom

Wednesday, Jan. 24
3:30 p.mState of the University Address in the Chapel
11 a.m.-4 p.m.100 Days ‘Til Graduation Celebration in Memorial Hall Ballroom

Thursday, Jan. 25
10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Founders Week banner contest

Friday, Jan. 26
11 a.m.-1 p.m. –  Founders Day Celebration in Tate Plaza

About Founders Week

In recognition of the University’s anniversary as the nation’s first state-chartered institution of higher education, the UGA Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association host a weeklong celebration. The highlight of the week is the annual Founders Day Lecture, hosted in partnership with the Office of the President, Provost’s Office and UGA Emeriti Scholars. The lecture is held in the UGA Chapel and has become a Founders Day tradition, drawing alumni, students, faculty, esteemed guests and members of the community.

Watch the 2017 Founders Day Lecture


View photos from the 2016 Founders Week



View photos from the 2014 Founders Week


View photos from the 2013 Founders Week



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