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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) 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.