Twenty-six University of Georgia students, faculty and staff members who died since last April will be honored at the university's annual candlelight memorial service May 3 at 7 p.m. on the steps of the Chapel.
UGA President Jere W. Morehead will lead the service, called "Georgia Remembers ... a Candlelight Memorial." Names of each of the 15 students and 11 faculty and staff members will be read aloud, followed by a toll of the Chapel bell and the lighting of a candle.
Names will be read by David Shipley, chair of the executive committee of University Council; Michael Lewis, chair of the executive committee of the Staff Council; and Houston Gaines, president of the Student Government Association.
Members of the university's Arch Society will light candles as each name is read aloud. Lindsay Atkinson, lead associate director with the Wesley Foundation, will deliver an opening prayer and Father John Coughlin of the Catholic Center will deliver a closing prayer. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the flames from the Arch Society members' candles will be passed to attendees so they can light their own candles of remembrance.
The Southern Wind Quintet from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music will provide music, and the university's Army ROTC will present the colors and ring the bell.
Students whose names will be read, along with their hometowns and the areas of study they were pursuing, are: