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Gators Supporting Gators

Commencement_Thank-YouIn anticipation of their Fall Commencement ceremony, newly minted Gator Alumni participated in the Graduate Video Clips Campaign to support their alma mater. 

The campaign request was simple. Graduating students were to make a gift of $20.21 or more to any fund at UHD. For this commencement season, 70 students participated and donated more than $1,500 to the University. Many supported their respective colleges or the UHD General Scholarship Fund, but nearly $1,000 was dedicated to growing the UHD Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.

Thanks to a partnership with Information Technology staff, each alumnus who donated to the campaign was gifted a downloadable video clip featuring their name being called as they walked on stage to receive their degree from President Loren J. Blanchard.

Gator Alumna, Mandi Olivarez, participated in the campaign to invest in the success for future Gators. “I just wanted to give back to UHD since it has done so much for me!” she said.

Since the Graduate Video Clips Campaign began in 2016, 423 graduates have invested more than $8,500 to fellow Gators.

The Fall Class of 2022 will be recognized for their generosity with an engraved brick in the UHD Alumni Plaza.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.