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Alum Shares Messages of Encouragement to Gators in New Video

They know all about the countless hours of studying, research and “Gator Grit” that it takes to achieve the ultimate goal of earning a degree from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Now, our alumni are sharing some words of encouragement with current students in new videos produced specifically for UHD News.

One such Gator alumnus is Isaac Valdez (’14) is one among the many who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the clinical program manager in the department of Radiation Oncology Business Services at the MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center, Valdez encourages students and especially graduating seniors to always “keep pushing forward” in all that they do.

Look for more Gator alumni offering words of encouragement and inspiration in future editions of UHD News.

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 awarded UHD 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.