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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) 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.