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Celebrating 100 years

In honor of our 100th anniversary, we hosted a full academic year of events to celebrate the impact of the College of Education. 

Past events:

September 2023

Sept. 7 – Gary L. Stingle Scholarship Banquet (open to students and donors by invitation)

Sep. 22-24 – UK Family Weekend (open to undergraduate students and guests)

  • College of Education Open House for students and families: Friday, Sept. 22:
    3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    109 Dickey Hall
    Teacher Track, Interdisciplinary Disability Studies, and Leadership for Community Education and Human Learning   

    3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    100 Seaton Center
    Exercise Science and Health Promotion

October 2023

Sunday, Oct. 8  - Sunday, Oct. 15 – University of Kentucky Homecoming

  • Thursday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 15
    Golden Wildcats events (open to Alumni of Class of 1973 and earlier) More information is available via the UK Alumni Association Golden Wildcat Society page.
  • Thursday, Oct. 123-5 p.m.
    100th Anniversary Student Carnival (open to students, faculty, and staff)
    Location: Taylor Education Building Lawn
  • Saturday, Oct. 14
    Kentucky vs Missouri football game. More information about tickets and alumni events is available via the UK Alumni Association's Homecoming page.

Thursday, Oct. 19 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Alumni Speaker Series talk featuring Dr. Rasheed Flowers (open to the public)
Location: UK Esports Theater
Host: College of Education Center for Professional Development

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Young Women Lead Open to high school students. Register at
Location: UK Singletary Center
Host: STEM Education Department


November 2023

Friday, Nov. 10 – 7 p.m.
You’re invited to an event co-sponsored by the College of Education to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop music! The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, in collaboration with the University of Kentucky, is hosting a free celebration. The event features some of the genre's legendary pioneers, including the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash Mele-Mel, the Furious Five, and MC Sha-Rock.
Location: Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third Street.
Host: College of Education Office of Inclusion and Internationalization is co-sponsoring.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – 3 p.m.
STEM Movie Matinee and panel: What does the film “Gravity” get right (and wrong) about space, according to STEM professors? Enjoy free popcorn, drinks, and snacks. Stay for a fun discussion with STEM Education professors about scientifically accurate details of the film vs. the “Hollywood razzle-dazzle.”
Location: Lyric Theatre, 300 E. Third Street
Host: STEM Education Department


Monday, Nov. 13 – 12 p.m. 
Rural Students in Higher Education, online colloquium presented by Dr. Ty McNamee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Mississippi (open to the public). Co-sponsored by the UK Appalachian Center.
Location: Online
Host: Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Department


December 2023

Monday, Dec. 11
Leading Learning in Kentucky: A Celebration of Students and Alumni. Invitation only event. Please contact Courtney McCord for more information about attending.
Location: Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center community room
Host: Educational Leadership Studies Department

December 2023 Commencement
See more on the UK Commencement page.


January 2024

Tuesday, Jan. 23 – 6-8 p.m.
Teacher Education and Beyond: State, National, and Global Impacts (open to the public). 
Location: UK Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema
Host: Curriculum and Instruction Department


February 2024

Saturday, Feb. 3 – 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Safe Students, Empowered Educators: Addressing Hate and Violence in Schools. This symposium for teachers is in collaboration with Kentucky Humanities. Registration is open until Jan. 15. The first 200 educators to register get a $100 travel stipend.
Location: UK Gatton Student Center
Host: Kentucky Humanities and UK College of Education Center for Professional Development


Saturday, Feb. 24 – 10-11:30 a.m.
Honoring our Alumni and Legacy (open to the public).
Location: Online
Host: Educational, School and Counseling Psychology Department


March 2024

Saturday, March 2 – 1 p.m.
Big Blue Spelling Bee, featuring K-12 school champions from central Kentucky. 
Location: The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 300 E Third St, Lexington, KY 40508. 
Host: College of Education Center for Professional Development


Saturday, March 2 – Teachers Who Made A Difference (invitation only). More info:


Sunday, March 3 – 5-7:30 p.m.
Film screening, "Darius Goes West" (open to the public), panel discussion to follow.
Location: Taylor Education Building Auditorium
Host: Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education Department


Tuesday, March 5, 6:30–8 p.m.
Webinar, Physical Education to Kinesiology and Health Promotion: A Historical Journey 1923-2023 (open to the public). Registration TBA.
Location: Online
Host: Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department


April 2024

Big Blue Birthday Bash
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20
Mane on Main  

Get Tickets:

Featuring Performances by: The Coach Mitchell Band, fronted by former Kentucky Women’s Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell 

This is your opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the UK College of Education and: 

  • Enjoy a night overlooking the Lexington skyline at The Mane on Main (cocktail attire) 
  • Walk the blue carpet, take a selfie with the Wildcat, and dance the night away 
  • Be part of the Coach Mitchell Band experience (songs of the 70s, 80s, and 90s)  
  • Savor food from Dupree Catering (cash bar) 
  • Win exciting silent auction items  
  • Support scholarships for students (all funds raised from ticket sales and the silent auction will go toward scholarships) 

Big Blue Birthday Bash supports the Centennial Scholarship Fund in the UK College of Education. The fund, created in honor of the college’s 100th anniversary, provides students access to scholarships during their journey to make a difference and helps address an ongoing national shortage of professionals in fields such as teaching and health care. 

If you cannot attend, please consider making a gift to the scholarship fund. We hope to raise $50,000 to endow the fund, ensuring it will support students in the next century and beyond. 

We hope you will join us for this special occasion. Please feel free to contact or 859.562.2584 for more information. 


May 2024

Friday, May 3 -  Saturday, May 4
University of Kentucky May Commencement. See more on the UK Commencement page.



Learn more about the ways you can support students and the work of the college and help ensure a strong future as we celebrate our 100th anniversary together.

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History of the College

See a timeline of the history of our college. We'll be adding to this throughout the year!

College History

Message from the Dean

Learn more about the significance of this year, in the words of Acting Dean Danelle Stevens-Watkins.

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