The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students during commencement weekend May 12 and 14. As these graduates close a special chapter in their lives, the University begins a new era with the first commencement ceremonies for UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz and awards the first UHD honorary degree.
The pomp and circumstance will kick-off at 7 p.m. on May 12 with the UHD Spring 2017 Marilyn Davies College of Business Graduate Programs Commencement in UHD’s Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. for guests, and parking will be available in the visitor’s lot at 201 Girard St. (at the corner of Travis and Girard streets). The College will graduate more than 40 MBA candidates during this event. Strategic business leader M. Brad Cannaday will deliver the College’s commencement address. Cannaday is a Corporate Fellow at the Davies College of Business and contributes his expertise to MBA students.
On May 14, UHD will take over Minute Maid Park for its 62nd Commencement Ceremony (501 Crawford St.). The event begins at 11 a.m. and will feature more than 1,400 Gators crossing the stage to receive their degrees. During this event, the University will award its first honorary degree to Bill Richardson. During a 30-year public service career, Richardson has served as a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton. The former governor of New Mexico also will address the 2017 graduates. This year’s student speaker is Lisa Carpenter, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
The complete schedule for both events is as follows:
Marilyn Davies College of Business Graduate Programs Commencement – May 12 in Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (Academic Building 350, Third Floor)
5 p.m. – Doors open for guests and families, check-in for graduates
6:45 p.m. – Procession begins
7 p.m. – Ceremony begins
UHD 62nd General Commencement Ceremony – May 14 at Minute Maid Park
8:30 a.m. – Doors open for guests and family, check-in for graduates
10:15 a.m. – Procession begins
11 a.m. – Ceremony begins
Guest must enter through Clock Tower Entrance, South Home Plate or Right Field Gate.
For more details on both commencement events, visit UHD Commencement.