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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) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.