Over the weekend, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) conferred more than 1,400 degrees to eager Gators.
On Saturday, May 26, graduates, family, friends and faculty came together to celebrate UHD’s 64th Commencement ceremony at Minute Maid Park. The event recognized bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates within UHD’s five colleges (Humanities & Social Sciences, Sciences & Technology, Marilyn Davies College of Business, Public Service, and University College).
Featured remarks were delivered by UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz; Texas Tech University Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance, and student speaker Jim Crawford.
President Muñoz highlighted the graduates’ “Gator Grit” in his address by calling attention to those were part- and full-time professionals and those who were raising families while attending school. He also recognized those students who were moms, dads, grandparents and veterans during their time at UHD.
In his address, student speaker Crawford thanked his fellow classmates, professors and a former boss who took the time and went the extra mile to make sure he succeeded. He left one charge of the graduates to take a chance on someone.
“Live your lives now where you pour something from your cup into someone else’s,” Crawford said, “Help them along in their life’s journey.”
Hance also offered words of wisdom to the graduating class.
“Dream no little dreams, dream big dreams, work hard,” said Hance” When you succeed, the state of Texas succeeds.”