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UK celebrates Employee Appreciation Day May 25, virtual events throughout the week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 23, 2023) — To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Employee Appreciation Day at the University of Kentucky, the event is getting bigger and better than before.

The annual campus event will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, May 25, outside at The 90 (440 Hilltop Ave.) on the south lawn. This year's event promises to be filled with fun and excitement in a street fair atmosphere, featuring food, inflatables, a DJ, caricature artists, an employee talent showcase, games and activities for everyone to enjoy. The event will carry on rain or shine. Vendor tables will be under the shade of trees down sidewalks, covered seating will be provided and food will be served inside. In the case of severe weather, any change in schedule will be communicated via email to employees and on this page.

If you can’t attend in person, or if one day of celebration isn’t enough, join the festivities online through May 24 to participate in virtual activities to relax, connect with others and take some time to focus on your own well-being. The schedule of sessions, and links to register, can be found here.

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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.