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As the Academic Year Closes, President Capilouto Thanks UK Family

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2021) After a year unlike any other, President Eli Capilouto expressed his deepest gratitude to the University of Kentucky community for its efforts in protecting the health and well-being of classmates, colleagues and loved ones.

“The hope I feel after this past year is tangible, and it is because of our people,” Capilouto said.

Such efforts are a crucial part of how UK will return to a fall semester more similar to years past than this current one.

While the university will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UK START team, the planning process for fall is already underway — thanks to the work of UK’s dedicated students, faculty and staff.

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photo of journalism class with students in  masks and back of College of Communication and Information Dean Jennifer Greer's head as she speaks to them.
College of Communication and Information Dean Jennifer Greer speaks to a journalism class in the Fall 2020 semester. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.