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The Greatest Gifts That Give Back

Gator giving is a UHD tradition.

Now in its sixth year, the Gator giving program invites graduates-to-be to make a small donation to their soon-to-be alma mater. In return, they receive a customized video clip of their celebratory walk across the commencement stage. More than 560 graduates have invested over $12,000 in their alma mater through the Graduate Video Clips Campaign.

In Spring 2022, 140 graduates gave back to the University of Houston-Downtown – that’s 7.3 percent of UHD’s May graduates. In total, the latest cohort of Gator Alumni donated over $3,500 to their alma mater – breaking all previous records in the total amount raised and the number of donors.

Thanks to the generosity of the Spring Class of 2022, future Gators will benefit greatly. A brick in the UHD Alumni Plaza will be installed to commemorate this momentous triumph. image002

Many of our newest alumni supported their College or a scholarship fund, but the standout recipient was the UHD Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship, which received $1,808 from 77 graduates. This competitive scholarship is for full-time students, with a preference for those who are family members of UHD Alumni.

Gifts of all sizes from hundreds of alumni and friends have come together to grow this permanent investment in scholarship support and student success at UHD. Continued giving allows it to award more and larger scholarships to deserving students each year.

“Welcome to the UHD Alumni Association – we are more than 62,000 strong and counting,” said Laolu Davies-Yemitan (’05, MBA ’22), Chair of Alumni Council Board. “Go Gators! Thank you to the Spring Class of 2022 for investing in the future of our alma mater!”

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.