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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) 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.