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Alumna Phebe Chen Encourages Class of 2020: Embrace Accomplishments

A great sense of pride is how alumna Dr. Phebe Chen (’81) feels about the 2020 University of Houston-Downtown Gator Graduates.

In a recent video of encouragement to her new fellow alumni, Chen offers words of praise during the difficulties faced as a result of the pandemic.

“Working in the healthcare field, I’ve seen the impact that COVID-19 has made and the new normal we’ve all become accustomed to,” said the summa cum laude grad. “I know this semester has been faced with challenges, but you have faced them. You’ve made it and you are proud graduates of UHD.”

Chen, a well-known radiologist with West Houston Radiology, earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies (now Interdisciplinary Studies) from UHD. She received a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, participated in: postgraduate training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Cincinnati and radiology at Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital and The University of Texas-Health Science Center in Houston.

Recognized for her work in the community, Chen was named UHD’s Alumna of the Year in 2003. She also volunteers at the Christian Community Service Center, the Foundation for Interfaith Research and Ministry, and The Seniors Place.

Chen encourages these new UHD graduates remain diligent during this unprecedented time and in the future.

“Take this time to count your blessings and also celebrate everything you have accomplished,” she emphasized. “There will be obstacles that you’ll face from time to time, but don’t let them stand in the way of your goals.”

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.