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Celebrate Commencement sustainably

bowman statue with graduation cap
Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2023) — University of Kentucky seniors are gearing up for the start of an exciting new chapter in their lives in December 2023 — Commencement. UK Recycling offers easy ideas to celebrate while being zero-waste.

  • Senior photos:
    • When taking photos, try confetti alternatives such as bubbles, flowers or even digitally added confetti.
    • Recycle your champagne/sparkling grape juice bottle after using it for your photo (don’t forget to pick up the cork).
    • An added bonus, caps and gowns purchased from the UK Bookstore are made of 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. Each gown equals 36 plastic bottles!
  • Commencement celebrations:
    • Only make/order enough food for those planning to attend. This not only helps your wallet but helps reduce food waste.
    • Use reusable dishware and utensils instead of single use.

UK Recycling wants to remind staff, faculty and students that what is recyclable on campus is most likely different from what can be recycled at their homes. Check with your local government and recycling centers about what can be recycled at your home.

For more information about recycling at UK click here

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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.