Jeff Humphreys

UGA Today

The University of Georgia's newest alumni will officially graduate Friday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be the first virtual commencement in UGA's history. Some 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students have met the requirements to graduate.  


The undergrad ceremony is scheduled to premiere at 9:30 am on The graduate ceremony premieres at 2:30 pm. All grads will receive a celebratory gift in the mail. 


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Despite the substantial financial losses caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, the Athens economy is in good shape and is expected to recover by the end of 2021. That’s according to the latest economic forecast from UGA’s Terry College of Business.

“The outlook for Athens is quite good for 2021. The COVID-19 recession is over, UGA is open, recent economic development projects are going to boost the local economy, and the housing market is very strong. Plus the leisure and hospitality industry, although not fully recovered, is poised for additional recovery.”

Athens News Matters: College Degrees and the State Economy

Dec 4, 2020

New research shows that while having a college degree is good for your personal economic outlook, it also carries significant benefits to the statewide economy. Dr. Jeff Humphreys (Director of Simon S. Selig, Jr. Center for Economic Growth at UGA) joins us to provide insight on what those benefits are and ways to increase the percentage of college graduates in Georgia.

U.S. minorities are making financial gains according to research from the University of Georgia. The latest Multicultural Economy Report shows every racial and ethnic minority group in America is advancing, but not at equal rates. Jeff Humphreys is Director of Economic Forecasting at the Terry College of Business.