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UK Appreciation Day Postponed; Departments Can Still Order Appreciation Day T-shirts

graphic design of UK Appreciation Day T-shirt that says "Making the Impossible Wildly Possible Every Day.  Appreciation Day 2020.
The winning design for the UK Appreciation Day T-shirt was submitted by Emilee Stites, a graphic designer in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2020) University of Kentucky Appreciation Day, planned for Thursday, May 21, has been postponed. The Office of the President, UK Staff Senate and the Appreciation Day Commission officially decided to postpone the event that is held annually at Kroger Field.

No date has been set yet for rescheduling, but UK Appreciation Day T-shirts will still be made available in May by order to UK departments. The departmental orders will stay on schedule and are due by April 30. Ordering information is available here:

A winner has been chosen in the Appreciation Day T-shirt design contest. Emilee Stites, a graphic designer in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, submitted the winning entry, which can be seen in the photo above. 

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.