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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) – 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.