May 31, 2023
We have concluded another successful academic year at the University of Georgia. At the spring Commencement ceremonies earlier this month, the university conferred degrees on 6,008 undergraduates and 1,651 graduate students. We also celebrated 419 graduates from professional programs in the School of Law, College of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine. I am excited to see how the newest UGA alumni continue to lead, discover and serve in their communities and workplaces.
In addition to celebrating our outstanding graduates, UGA hosted several high-profile academic conferences as the semester came to a close. At the end of March, faculty members gathered at the 33rd Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium to discuss how to improve teaching and learning with AI-powered tools within their fields.
The theme of technology and innovation continued at the second annual Electric Mobility Summit in April. During the summit, Georgia Power Company announced a $5 million investment in e-mobility at UGA. The investment will be used to help cultivate an e-mobility network, create scholarships, fund research and provide resources for UGA to use in developing strategic community partnerships across the state.
This month, I had the opportunity to speak at the Georgia Climate Conference and the International Conference of Integrative Precision Agriculture. At UGA we are driven to use our research and scholarship to solve global challenges. These conferences were an opportunity to gather with key stakeholders and discuss two of these significant challenges: the effects of a changing climate, and the need to strengthen agricultural production and supply to feed our growing global population.
Continuing in this spirit, UGA’s Center on Human Trafficking Research and Outreach (CenHTRO) hosted international researchers as part of its initiative to create effective survey methods for studying and fighting human trafficking worldwide.
I also had the opportunity to speak to the Georgia Economic Developers Association and highlight how UGA continues to prioritize service and outreach throughout the state to improve the lives of Georgia citizens.
As we ease into the summer, I hope you all find time for rest and refreshment. Thank you for your efforts this past year in advancing excellence at UGA.