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Fall 2023 Alumni and Friends Dinner


By Marie Jacinto

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Houston’s downtown Marriott Marquis, graduates and supporters of the University of Houston-Downtown will join together in support of its Compass Point Funds at the annual Alumni & Friends Celebration Dinner. Emceed by KHOU 11’s Shern-Min Chow, festivities will include dinner, a wine pull, a silent auction, and award ceremony with all proceeds benefiting UHD students as set forth by the University’s Institutional Compass.

Now in its second year, the Alumni and Friends Celebration Dinner honors outstanding UHD alumni and distinguished institutional friends. The Dinner launches the many upcoming, wide-ranging alumni and community engagement events UHD has in store for its 50th anniversary in 2024.

During dinner, UHD will recognize its Corporate Partner of the Year and Distinguished Friend of the University. Three alumni will be honored that night with these awards:

  • Alum on the Rise Award, recognizing an alum within 15 years of graduation who has experienced professional success.
  • Distinguished Alum Award, presented to the alum who has brought special honor to the University through accomplishments from a long and successful commitment to their careers and communities.
  • Alum Entrepreneur Award, recognizing an alum who has contributed to the advancement of their own respective business or enterprise.
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To be a part of the fun-filled evening, purchase tickets at www.uhd.edu/CELEBRATION23!


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 more than 15,000 students, boasts more than 64,000 alumni, and offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology. 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.