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UK Employee Appreciation Day Virtual: May 20-22, 2024 | In-Person: May 23, 2024 - 11:00am - 4:00pm - The 90, 440 Hilltop Ave

We are excited to announce that the annual UK Employee Appreciation Day is going to be bigger and better than ever!

This year, employees can participate in virtual wellness, mindfulness, and self-care events from Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22 (schedule TBD).

For folks who work on the Lexington campus or who want to visit in person, our annual in-person event will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, outdoors at The 90 (440 Hilltop Ave). This year's event promises to be filled with fun and excitement in a street-fair atmosphere, featuring food, inflatables, a live band, caricature artists, games, and activities for everyone to enjoy!

Virtual Events: May 20, 2024


Virtual Events: May 21, 2024


Virtual Events: May 22, 2024


In-Person Appreciation Day | May 23, 2024

Join us in person at The 90 for our annual UK Employee Appreciation Day! We will have giveaways, inflatables, caricature artists, games, and free food for employees to enjoy. 


Schedule of Events:

  • 11:00am - UK Appreciation Day begins!
  • 11:00am - 2:30pm - Lunch is served in The 90
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm - Snacks are served in The 90
  • 4:00pm - UK Employee Appreciation Day ends

Weather Notice

The in-person event will carry on rain or shine, just like your favorite summer festival! Vendor tables will be under the shade of trees down sidewalks, covered seating will be provided, and food will be served inside. In the case of severe weather, any change in schedule will be communicated via email and on this page.

Throughout the day, be sure to take place in the activities planned to celebrate employees:

  • Delicious food and refreshing drinks
  • Caricature artists capture your unique personality
  • Engaging vendors showcasing amazing products/services and giveaways
  • Energizing music from our live band Zack Attack
  • Relaxation through yoga and therapeutic music
  • Memorable photo booth moments
  • A captivating performance by the renowned UK Alumni Band
  • and much more!


Parking and Transportation

Location: UKAD is being held at the The 90 and surrounding green spaces. Click for a link to google maps.

Bus Routes: Looking to take public transit to the event? Summer bus routes will bring you right to our event space. Look for the blue route going to Huguelet Drive Stop 980 or the white route Lewis Hall Stop 198. You can find a live bus route map online.

Parking: Parking for UKAD 2024 is being determined. 

  • In 2023, the following was provided: Woodland E, the three E lots on Sports Center Drive, and the Green lot at Kroger field (between gates 1-4) will be off patrol, meaning any employee can park there with/without a permit. If you have a parking permit, we encourage you to park where you normally park or, if you need to drive to the event, please park in Parking Structure 7.

An employee parking map can be found online. If you want to purchase a single-day pass, please visit the Transportation Services webpage.

Walking: Enjoy the day and walk to our event! The google map link above (in location) will take you straight to the center of the fun!

Lunch and Snacks

UKAD provides employees in attendance with a free lunch from 11:00a - 2:30p. This year's menu includes:

  • Pulled Pork (and buns)
  • Grilled Veggie Wraps (vegan)
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Kettle Chips
  • Cookies
  • Bottled Water, Canned Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite

Pulled Pork and Kettle Chips are gluten free!


Can I order a t-shirt now?

  • UK employees can order T-shirts at this link. The deadline to order is 5:00pm on March 22!

How do I get the t-shirt I ordered?

  • Staff Senate is coordinating with department contacts for shirt pick-up. Once your department contact has picked up the shirts ordered, they can distribute as their schedule allows.

Will you have t-shirts at the event?

  • No. T-shirts will be picked up as department orders before the event.

What does this year's t-shirt look like?

  • We're still reviewing designs and will announce the winner as soon as possible!

Unable to Attend Virtual Sessions

UK Health and Wellness, Employee Engagement, and other departments regularly offer zoom sessions covering these topics and more. Check out their websites or contact the presenter for more information on ways to join later!