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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 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.