Gator Grads "Ring In" A Milestone
By Sheryl E. Taylor
On a breezy Saturday last week, Gators attended UHD’s annual ring ceremony.
The now drive-thru format hosted more than 70 students where new UHD President Loren J. Blanchard presented each student their ring in a customized UHD ring box and a special swag gift bag.
Along with Blanchard, UHD leadership was on hand including David Bradley, Vice President of Administration & Finance and Dr. Meritza Tamez, Dean of Students as well the University’s Special Events team and several staff volunteers to help cheer on the students through a partnership with UHD Staff Council.
This year’s event debuted a new blow-up class ring replica thanks to the University’s partnership with Herff Jones.
“Celebrating our fourth year, the ring ceremony has quickly become a University tradition that the Dean of Students and Alumni Relations offices looks forward to hosting every semester,” said Dr. Liza Alonzo, Director of Events & Alumni Relations. “We pivoted to a drive-thru format this past year, which is such a fun and festive way to celebrate our school pride with our graduating Gators.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 54,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.