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Watch: UK's 2021 Year in Review

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2022) — What is a community?

At the University of Kentucky, we define it as a place where people come together … to connect and serve … to help and heal … to discover and transform.

This past year, we celebrated times of winning and success and were there for each other in moments of loss and sadness.

Together, we experienced championship seasons on courts and courses, fields and ballparks.

Together, we heralded discoveries and breakthroughs in labs and in classrooms ... in vaccination clinics outside football stadiums and in church gyms ... in hospitals and across farms, in every corner and county of the Commonwealth.

Together, we served, in communities across a state, whose name we have taken as our own and whose future we seek to advance.

At the University of Kentucky, we define community as people who have come together around what’s wildly possible in an uncommonly special place.

And this past year, we experienced it all — the triumphs and the trials, the successes and sorrows. 

We met each moment and challenge, opportunity and success, as we always do … together, as a community.

photo of UK graduates throwing caps
May 2021 graduates celebrating on Kroger Field. Pete Comparoni | 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.