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Message from Interim President Tillis: Congratulations 2020 Graduates

Dear Graduate,

It is my distinct honor to offer early congratulations on your forthcoming graduation from the University of Houston-Downtown.

In just a few days, UHD will host its 68th Commencement Ceremony on Facebook and YouTube. During this event, your name will be announced as a member of the University's Class of 2020 and I will have the pleasure of officially conferring your degree.

This will be a day of celebration for you and 3,700 other Gator Graduates. I encourage you to safely revel in this moment and reflect on your accomplishments. It takes true tenacity to embark on an academic journey ... not to mention to complete one during a most unique time for our University and our community. You have demonstrated true Gator Grit, and I applaud your hard work.

In previous messages, I have indicated my disappointment in not gathering together, but your safety comes first. I know you also would have liked a traditional ceremony, but I am optimistic that we will ultimately have an opportunity to come together safely in the future.

The most important thing to focus on is that you very soon will be a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown. That is a remarkable achievement that nothing ... not even a pandemic ... can take away from you.

Once again, congratulations ... and best of luck on future endeavors!


Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.
Interim President
University of Houston-Downtown


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 Interim President Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree 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.