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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) 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.