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UHD’s First-Generation Celebration Nov. 8

Show Your Support, Get Your T-Shirt

UHD Community members are encouraged to participate in the First-Generation College Celebration on Friday, Nov. 8. This nationwide initiative recognizes those students who were the first in their families to attend college and complete their degrees.

To support UHD’s participation in this celebration, University President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz is inviting faculty and staff to show their support with specially designed T-shirts:

  • #IAmFirstGen—recognizing faculty and staff who were First-Gen students at their respective universities OR
  • #FirstGenProud—for those community members who were not First-Gen students but are supporting Gators who are the first in their families to earn degrees

To reserve your shirt, complete this online survey by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Both #IAmFirstGen and #FirstGenProud shirts can be picked up in the Office of University Relations (One Main Building, Room N912) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Nov. 6 and 7. Supplies are limited.

In addition to wearing these First-Gen T-shirts, support our students through social media. This week, look for content on UHD’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram showcasing First-Gen Gators. If you know a First-Gen student, tag him or her on social media using the hashtags #UHDFirstGen and #CelebrateFirstGen.

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.