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Alumnus Jay Norcross Shares Encouraging Video Message for Spring Graduates

UHD Gator Alumni Jay Norcross has achieved career success in the oil and gas industry.

As president of Kiewit Oil, Gas & Chemical engineering a wholly-owned engineering subsidiary of Kiewit Engineering Group Inc., he soon realized that a degree would help him grow both personally and professionally.

Norcross earned a bachelor's degree in 2017. As a father and an executive, Norcross balanced school, work and family ... another prime example of Gator Grit.

Now, he shares words of encouragement with UHD students in a new video produced specifically for UHD News.

His advice to those who are on the path toward either a bachelor’s or master’s degree is to work hard and never give up.

“You control how hard you work every day,” Norcross said. “No one can take that away from you. So, continue to work hard and work smart until you achieve your goals.

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.