Vigil at a UNLV sign for the three professors that passed during the December 6 shooting

Gratitude, Encouragement, and Appreciation

Since the Dec. 6 tragedy, the Rebel community has experienced kindness, support, and encouragement from so many. We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all those who have helped and inspired us as we continue our recovery process.

“Thank you all for your continuing support of our university, our students, and our faculty and staff. In our hour of darkness, I’ve seen a community shine bright with love, support, and encouragement for one another. We are forever grateful.”
President Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
Two hands holding pinkies

Stories of Gratitude

As the events of Dec. 6 unfolded, many people stepped up in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff safe and supported. We invite everyone to share personal stories and to express gratitude for the acts of kindness and bravery that they experienced.

Two people embracing each other at the December 6 vigil

Words of Encouragement

Faculty, staff, and students share words of advice and encouragement as we all move forward in the healing process.

UNLV Strong message on the Wynn and Encore

Appreciation for our Community

UNLV would like to thank businesses and individuals in our community and nationwide for their support and their generous donations of time and resources.

Share Your Message

Since the Dec. 6 tragedy, we've heard many stories of heroic responses and small acts of kindness from around the Rebel community.

We are collecting these Gratitude and Encouragement stories to share with our Rebel community as we continue the Rebel Recovery process together. Tell us about the people who helped or inspired you. Or simply share some words of encouragement for the spring semester.

Your messages will be posted on this page and preserved as part of the UNLV December 6, 2023 Memorial Collection housed at the UNLV Libraries' Special Collections & Archives. We may also share these stories through our newsletters, social media and other platforms in the future.