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If there’s one thing we're certain about in 2020, it’s that everything is uncertain. Just ask any corporate advertisement ever (watch this video for a laugh). 

New announcements about fall at UGA are coming out every day, and it seems like many of our favorite campus activities are being postponed, moved online, or even cancelled altogether. Many universities are cancelling athletics too, meaning we’re likely to miss our favorite tailgates and homecoming in Athens. 

Current Georgia Bulldogs may miss out on many of the things we loved about our UGA experience. But in the midst of these unfortunate cancellations, we suggest looking back on better days. In remembering our traditions, we reassure ourselves that someday they will return, for us and future generations of Georgia Bulldogs to enjoy.  

We’d like to remind you of 4 traditions that made coming back to campus feel like coming home. 

Ringing the Chapel Bell 

A bell tower originally crowned the roof of the Chapel, but in 1913, it was removed due to structural issues. The bell, which rang for religious services, for the beginning and ending of classes, and in emergencies, was then housed in the wooden tower behind the Chapel where it still stands today. 

The bell can be heard throughout downtown Athens and North Campus — be sure to ring the bell to mark athletic victories, academic accomplishments, and other special occasions. 

 

Snellebrating 

Eat day or night at the centrally located Snelling Dining Commons on campus. Whether you’re studying for an exam or hanging out with friends in between classes, you can enjoy Snelling 24 hours a day during the week. The dining hall opens Monday at 7 a.m. for continuous service until 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. The late-night breakfast starts at midnight and is filled with deliciousness. Grab some grub at Snelling during those late-night study sessions. 

Also, be on the lookout for holiday and special occasion celebrations in all UGA dining halls. 

 

Go to the Dawg Walk 

The Dawg Walk happens two hours before the start of every home football game. The Tate Center parking lot is full of fans, cheerleaders, and the Redcoat Band, who cheer on the football team as the enter Sanford Stadium. The team exits the buses from Lumpkin Street and walks into the stadium through Gate 1 amidst a cheering crowd. 

 

Attending Homecoming 

Homecoming week provides a time for Bulldog Nation to come back together in Athens to share in our love for UGA. Participate in the activities hosted by the University Union throughout the week including a concert, carnival, game night and much more. Friday night, grab your friends and fellow Bulldog family members and head downtown to see the Redcoat Marching Band, football team and floats paint the town red and black at the Homecoming parade. On Saturday during halftime of the Homecoming game, the king and queen are announced. 

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