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Virtual Commencement Celebrating Graduates' Accomplishments on Dec. 19

3,700 Candidates Set to Graduate; Event Streamed Live on Facebook, YouTube

More than 3,700 candidates for graduation will be honored at the University of Houston-Downtown’s 68th Commencement virtual ceremony at 6 p.m., Saturday Dec. 19.

This year’s event will streamed on the UHD Facebook page and YouTube and will celebrate the academic achievements of spring, summer and fall graduates.

Graduates’ names will be announced during this ceremony and accompanied by images they submitted in advance of the event. National higher education communications firm Full Measure is providing support for this event.

The opening of Commencement will be led by Faculty Senate President Dr. Ron Beebe, followed by the Star Spangled Banner being performed by UHD’s Mariachi Los Caimanes.

Extending greetings will be University of Houston System (UHS) Board of Regent Jack Moore and UHS Chancellor Dr. Renu Khator. In addition, UHD Student Government Association (SGA) President Alan Modrow will greet his fellow students and virtual guests.

Interim President Tillis will share his address, followed by the Introduction of Candidates by Dr. Eric Carl Link, Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs & Provost and the Deans of UHD's five college:

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Dr. David Ryden (Interim)
  • College of Public Service – Dr. Johnathan Schwartz
  • College of Sciences and Technology – Dr. Akif Uzman
  • Marilyn Davies College of Business – Dr. Charles Gengler
  • University College – Dr. Scott Marzilli

All content from the ceremony will be available for viewing after the event.

Among this year's graduates are a trio of sisters, the Lampkins, and a mother and son who will celebrate their academic achievements together.

For additional information on Commencement, please visit the Registrar’s website.

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.