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Employee Appreciation Day 2023 T-shirt Design Contest

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2023) — Staff Senate is hard at work planning UK Appreciation Day to celebrate your dedication and the outstanding service you bring to our university every day.

As we approach Employee Appreciation Day 2023, we are now accepting submissions for the 2023 Employee Appreciation Day T-shirt design.

These annual limited-edition T-shirts feature unique designs that reflect the spirit and pride of the University of Kentucky. Each year the design is chosen from submissions from UK employees, and now is your chance to be involved!

Interested in submitting a design? These are some guidelines which must be honored for a design to be considered:

  • No outdated versions of the UK logo or mascot are allowed.
  • The UK and/or UK Appreciation Day logos cannot be enclosed within a circle or square.
  • Designs must feature only one color and be suited for a short sleeve T-shirt (shirt color TBD).
  • Designs must contain the phrase “Appreciation Day 2023” within the design.
  • No hand-drawn entries, designs must be sent in digital format.
  • For more information on brand standards, please visit the UKPR and Marketing website.

Please submit designs via email to by Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

Finalist will be selected by the Staff Senate Special Events Committee and approved by UK Public Relations and Marketing (some minor modifications may be necessary with the final design). Three designs will be chosen and voted on by the university community in late February. The winner will receive a prize from Staff Senate.

NOTE: We are not accepting Appreciation Day T-shirt orders at this time. We are currently only accepting design submissions. When appropriate, we will organize T-shirt orders by department via online order form as we have in the years past. There will be no individual shirt orders allowed (unless you are a department of one). Communications on T-shirt orders will come via email. It is your responsibility to check messaging from Staff Senate, your college/department, and/or UK HealthCare communications for ordering information. There will be no extra shirts ordered, so it is vital that you work with your local leaders to be included on your department order. There will be no individual shirt pick-up, only departmental, and UK employee ID cards will be required.

If you have any questions about UK Appreciation Day or the T-shirt design contest, please contact

UK Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, coordinated by the UK Staff Senate.

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