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.
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 61,000 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.