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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

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.