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Parade of Vehicles Will Honor Front-line Workers at UK at 10 a.m. Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2020) — A parade of vehicles including UK Police will go through campus beginning at 10 a.m. Friday to show appreciation to front-line workers. The parade will honor health care workers at UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Children as well as local police, fire and EMS workers. 

Everyone is encouraged to watch via the UK HealthCare FaceBook livestream but is asked to not attend in person due to social distancing.

Participating vehicles will leave the Blue Lot in the Kroger Field at 10 a.m. and proceed through campus slowing down on South Limestone outside UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A and again at UK Good Samaritan Hospital.

Rick McDonald, Concrete Superintendent at Gooch Construction, organized Friday's parade of vehicles to acknowledge the first responders, doctors, nurses, patient care providers, police, firefighters, and EMS on the front lines working selflessly with acts of courage and love. Gooch Construction also is giving away $2,000 to a front-line worker. For more information and to nominate someone, go to

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.