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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.