Planting Seeds for Graduate Education

Planting Seeds for Graduate Education

The UGA Graduate School continued its year-long Centennial celebration by planting trees across campus to coincide with Georgia’s Arbor Day on Feb. 19, 2010.

"Planting a tree is very symbolic to me," said Maureen Grasso, dean of the Graduate School. "It signifies how small actions can grow into beautiful and productive endeavors."

Dean Grasso gathered alongside graduate students, UGA faculty and community members to plant a Nuttall Oak by Terrell Hall, the home of the first Graduate School.

The ceremony attracted a diverse crowd that included Gordhan Patel, former dean of the Graduate School; Heidi Davison, mayor of Athens-Clarke County; and Robert Shostak, president of the Graduate Student Association.

"The trees we plant in celebration of our centennial signify our dedication to grow support for graduate education into something that will make a lasting difference in the lives and futures of our students," said Dean Grasso. "The seeds we plant this year will ensure the continued quality and growth of graduate education at UGA."

Indeed, the Graduate School has witnessed tremendous growth in the last 100 years. After beginning with seven students in 1910, today the Graduate School oversees more than 7,100 UGA students studying for master’s, doctoral and professional degrees.

The newly planted trees will become part of the UGA Campus Arboretum, a designation that ensures an ongoing renewal of UGA’s campus.

Three trees were planted in honor of the Graduate School Centennial on Georgia’s Arbor Day. These include a Nuttall Oak on North Campus, an Overcup Oak on West Campus, and a Ginkgo on South Campus. Another tree will be planted on East Campus in the fall in honor of Mary Frances Early, the first African-American to earn a degree from UGA.