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UK students invited to Wildcat Welcome Festival Aug. 18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2023) — Heading to campus this fall? All University of Kentucky students (first-year and returning) are invited to kick off the school year at the Wildcat Welcome Festival, hosted by the UK Alumni Association. Come celebrate the new school year and have some fun with live music, free food, "back to school" photos and games. 

The Wildcat Welcome Festival will take place 6-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, in the newly opened Alumni Commons — the primary pedestrian pathway in the center of campus on Rose Street from Columbia Avenue to Huguelet Drive.  

At 8 p.m., the K Week team will give students the chance to meet fellow Wildcats during a fun networking opportunity.  

Students who are active members of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) will receive a free T-shirt. SAA members are students who provide an annual gift of $25 or more to any UK fund. Learn more about being an active member of SAA here:

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.