Students are invited to enjoy food and fun at the Welcome Back Festival


LEXINGTON, Kentucky (August 19, 2022) — University of Kentucky students are invited to celebrate the first day of the fall 2022 semester on Monday August 22 with the Welcome Back Festival, sponsored by the UK Alumni Association, the UK Parent and Family Association and the University of Kentucky Federal CreditUnion.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon at the William T. Young Library walkway (near Rose Street), then moves to Wildcat Alumni Plaza (on Champions Avenue across from the Memorial Coliseum) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students can pick up free donuts at North Lime Coffee & Donuts during the morning of the festival and take TapSnap photos with the William T. Young Library as the perfect backdrop.

In the afternoon, students will enjoy free ice cream from Taylor Belle’s as they take “first day of school” photos at the Wildcat Alumni Plaza with Bowman, the Wildcat statue. Gifts and door prizes will also be distributed here.

Members of the Alumni Association (AÉA) present will receive a gift. SAA members are those students who give an annual donation of $25 or more to any UK fund. Students can learn more about SAA membership by visiting the website:

The rain venue for the Welcome Back Festival is the second floor of the Gatton Student Center.

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering the lifelong commitment of alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit or call 800-269-2586.


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