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Harvey Heroes To Receive UH Commencement Honors

Executive chairman and CEO of Mattress Firm will receive an honorary degree

A 2018 President’s Medallion is being awarded to “Hurricane Harvey Heroes” of Harris County and the City of Houston. Credit: Harris County Sheriff’s Office @HCSOTexas/Twitter

Heroes of Hurricane Harvey and a Houston business leader are the recipients of several prestigious awards that will be given out during the University of Houston’s 2018 University Commencement, according to a press release from the University of Houston. 

A 2018 President’s Medallion is being awarded to Harvey Heroes of Harris County and the City of Houston. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will accept the President’s Medallion on behalf of the thousands of city employees who rose to the challenge of representing the strength and resiliency that define Houston. 

The President’s Medallions are bestowed upon all who Houston and Harris County employees who were essential to the response during and after Hurricane Harvey. Credit: Harris County Sheriff’s Office @HCSOTexas/Twitter

“Employees from Harris County and the City of Houston coordinated volunteers, sheltered families, provided health services, established partnerships with aid organizations and maintained the comprehensive services that kept Greater Houston operational,” said UH President Renu Khator. “It is my honor to recognize Hurricane Harvey heroes from the city and county with a President’s Medallion.” 

Steven Stagner, executive chairman and CEO of Mattress Firm, will receive an honorary degree. 

“While the University of Houston is not his alma mater, Steven Stagner is a Cougar by choice,” said Khator. “He believes in the value of a UH education and reflects this belief by actively recruiting UHstudents every year— more so than from any other university. We are thankful for all he has done for UH and our students.”

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