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Good As Gold! Graduating Gators Honored At Ring Ceremony

It was a packed auditorium filled with family and friends – more than 400 in attendance – celebrating the University of Houston-Downtown’s graduates at the annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, April 9.

After the formal ceremony, where President Loren J. Blanchard presented 100-plus students with their rings, UHD Assistant Dean of Students Branston Harris led the graduates in a celebratory toast on the South Deck. The students took advantage of the sunny weather for photos with the Downtown skyline and the bronze Gator. The ring ceremony is a Gator tradition since 2018. 

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.