UDC News


April 2, 2008


Contact: Juanita Britton


Miss UDC Pageant - Wednesday, April 2nd at 7pm

Washington, D.C. — This Wednesday evening, nine young women will vie for the title of Miss University of the District of Columbia (UDC) in a pageant to be held in the University Auditorium, Building 46 East. Miss UDC, “A Night of Elegance” will serve during the 2008-2009 academic year as a leading ambassador for the District of Columbia’s only public and land-grant University.

Contestants will compete for the titles of Miss UDC, Miss Firebird (awarded to the first runner up) and Miss Homecoming (awarded to the second runner up). They will be evaluated by a panel of seven (7) judges for their oratory skills and individual talents, as well as their presence, professionalism, confidence and deportment.

While the top finishers of the pageant will receive awards (Miss UDC will receive one year undergraduate tuition), the titles come with considerable responsibilities. Miss UDC will work with the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) in achieving their goals and objectives, while Miss Firebird and Miss Homecoming will receive a $500 and $250 scholarship per semester and gifts respectively. Ms. Firebird is responsible for planning the University’s Pride Week events, while Ms. Homecoming serves as the co-chair for Homecoming.

The current Miss UDC, Danielle Matthews started her reign with a platform that focused on health awareness among her peers with an involvement of pre-school children learning the importance of health care. Miss UDC will surrender her title at the 2008-2009 Miss UDC Pageant, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, with festivities beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the University Auditorium located in Building 46 on the University’s Van Ness campus. Admission is free, with easy access to UDC available via the Red Line Metro, which stops at the Van Ness/UDC station.

NOTICE TO MEDIA – Media interested in covering the Miss UDC Pageant are welcome to attend. To minimize interruptions, media are asked to arrive prior to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Juanita Britton, Acting Director for Communications at 202.274.5685.








            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.