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Commencement Weekend Set for Dec. 15, 16

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will confer degrees to more than 1,800 graduates during Fall Commencement Weekend,
Dec. 15 and 16. Commencement ceremonies are as follows:

  • 65th Commencement Ceremony
    11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15
    Minute Maid Park (501 Crawford St.)
  • Marilyn Davies College of Business Graduate Programs
    2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16
    George R. Brown Convention Center - Assembly Theater (1001 Avenida De Las Americas)

The 65th Commencement Ceremony is among the most unique graduation events in the city. Families will fill the stands to cheer for more than 1,500 graduates who will earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UHD’s five colleges: College of Public Service, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Sciences & Technology, University College and Marilyn Davies College of Business. It will be streamed live here.

Andres Alcantar, executive vice president and chief operations officer for the Texas Association of Business will serve as the guest speaker . Alcantar previously served as chairman and commissioner for the Texas Workforce Commission. This year's student speaker is Beatrize Tapia, who will earn her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

The Marilyn Davies College of Business Graduate Programs Ceremony will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 300 graduates earning either a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Security Management degree. Gilbert Garcia, managing partner of Garcia Hamilton & Associates, will address graduates at this event, and MBA candidate Carlos Luna will serve as the student speaker.

A complete schedule of the weekend’s events and other details are available at UHD’s Commencement site.

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.