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What’s happening at Augusta University? Oct. 17-23

This week: Augusta University will cut the ribbon on the new site of the Literacy Center, white coats will be presented to first year medical students and AU celebrates an impressive increase in the number of degrees awarded.

Literacy Center officially opens in new location

Augusta University hosts the grand opening for the Literacy Center from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the HUB for Community Innovation, 631 Chafee Ave. in Augusta. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the Literacy Center will be given.

“Our instructors, our learners and their families are really the lifeblood of what we do here,” said Betsy VanDeusen, PhD, Literacy Center director. “When the instructional sessions are over, instructors will come out and talk with parents so they get to know the parents. And there really is a relationship that’s developed between that whole triangle of support.”

White Coat Ceremony to honor first year MCG students

The Medical College of Georgia will hold its White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Bell Auditorium. Speakers will share their excitement and knowledge with first year students who are then presented their white coats for the first time. The ceremony signifies their official induction into medical school training.

AU awards record number of degrees

During FY 2022, Augusta University awarded an all-time high 2,543 degrees, marking a 4.1 increase from the previous year and an increase in undergraduate degrees conferred, according to the University System of Georgia. In areas where job demands are greatest in the state of Georgia — computer sciences, education and health care and related clinical sciences — AU conferred 1,706 degrees, more than 67% of the total number of degrees awarded.

“This is an incredible time for our university, and that is shown in the growth of our student body and in the number of successful graduates our academic programs produce,” said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD.

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