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UK community, public invited to Alumni Commons dedication Sept. 29

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2023) — University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the Alumni Commons dedication 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the intersection of Rose Street and Columbia Avenue.

Alumni Commons is a $9 million development project located on the UK campus between Columbia Avenue and Huguelet Drive. The UK Alumni Association committed $3 million to establish a capital project fund to support the design, demolition, construction, renovation, expansion and other costs related to the corridor project.

“We are thrilled Alumni Commons is nearly complete and is quickly becoming a central feature of our beautiful campus,” said Jill Smith, associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the UK Alumni Association. “Already, we’re seeing students flock to the space, having conversations in clusters of Adirondack chairs, reading in the shade and enjoying the swings. It’s not only a popular thoroughfare on campus, but also a great gathering place.”

The area includes terraced lawn seating, a water feature, swings, patio and garden areas and other installations.

Tours of the space will be available after the program to anyone in attendance.  

Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP here.

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.