Gator Grads "Ring In" A Milestone
By Sheryl E. Taylor
On a breezy Saturday last week, Gators attended UHD’s annual ring ceremony.
The now drive-thru format hosted more than 70 students where new UHD President Loren J. Blanchard presented each student their ring in a customized UHD ring box and a special swag gift bag.
Along with Blanchard, UHD leadership was on hand including David Bradley, Vice President of Administration & Finance and Dr. Meritza Tamez, Dean of Students as well the University’s Special Events team and several staff volunteers to help cheer on the students through a partnership with UHD Staff Council.
This year’s event debuted a new blow-up class ring replica thanks to the University’s partnership with Herff Jones.
“Celebrating our fourth year, the ring ceremony has quickly become a University tradition that the Dean of Students and Alumni Relations offices looks forward to hosting every semester,” said Dr. Liza Alonzo, Director of Events & Alumni Relations. “We pivoted to a drive-thru format this past year, which is such a fun and festive way to celebrate our school pride with our graduating Gators.”
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 60,000 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 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.