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UHD’s 72nd Commencement Ceremonies Set For May 15

The achievements of more than 1,600 University of Houston-Downtown students will be celebrated during two ceremonies at the 72nd Commencement on Sunday, May 15, at NRG Stadium.

Ceremonies at Noon feature graduates of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Sciences & Technology, and College of Public Service, and at 4 p.m. for the Marilyn Davies College of Business and University College. 

“Our graduates will remember this moment because it serves as the capstone to their academic achievements,” UHD President Loren J. Blanchard said.

Texas Senator John Whitmire will deliver remarks during the Noon ceremony. Graduates will also hear from one of their own, Gabriela Medina, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work. Post-graduation, Medina wants to earn a master’s degree and pursue a career as a health care social worker. 

The 4 p.m. ceremony will feature City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as the keynote speaker. Gator Alum Sebastian Troitino, who is graduating with a Master of Business Administration, is the student speaker. 

For more information on the ceremonies, visit the Commencement website.

About the 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 President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 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).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. 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.