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UK Appreciation Day Postponed; Departments Can Still Order Appreciation Day T-shirts

graphic design of UK Appreciation Day T-shirt that says "Making the Impossible Wildly Possible Every Day.  Appreciation Day 2020.
The winning design for the UK Appreciation Day T-shirt was submitted by Emilee Stites, a graphic designer in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2020) University of Kentucky Appreciation Day, planned for Thursday, May 21, has been postponed. The Office of the President, UK Staff Senate and the Appreciation Day Commission officially decided to postpone the event that is held annually at Kroger Field.

No date has been set yet for rescheduling, but UK Appreciation Day T-shirts will still be made available in May by order to UK departments. The departmental orders will stay on schedule and are due by April 30. Ordering information is available here:

A winner has been chosen in the Appreciation Day T-shirt design contest. Emilee Stites, a graphic designer in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, submitted the winning entry, which can be seen in the photo above. 

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