Lighting Campus for a Cause


In a symbol of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered the Governor’s Mansion be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who has died in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In solidarity with that action, University of Kentucky buildings will also be lit green.

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, lights on 21 of UK’s buildings will burn green from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. each night for four nights in remembrance of the four people who have died from the coronavirus in Kentucky.

Throughout the University of Kentucky campus, various buildings—Memorial Hall, W.T. Young Library, Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Main Building, the 90, and several residence halls—have the capacity to display colored lights.

We light the buildings for the following reasons:

  • Significant academic or athletic accomplishments at the university
  • Events that have a strong connection to the institution – research the university is conducting, issues in which the university is directly involved
  • A display of solidarity by the university community (to memorialize fallen soldiers or the death of a prominent member of the university community or public official, for example)

This page will be updated during periods when lights are displayed.