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It's A Gator Convocation on Aug. 17


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Each year, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) kicks off the new academic year and welcomes new Gators to campus with its Freshman Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Through a series of activities, this event introduces new students to programs, resources, and services to begin their academic journey at UHD to Finish UHD Strong. All first-year, first-time students entering UHD are required to attend.This year’s Freshman Convocation offers students an opportunity to share insights and discuss author America Ferrera’s anthology, “American Like Me: Reflections On Life Between Cultures,” which features 31 public figures who share their thoughts on and experiences of negotiating their identities to American or Americans growing up in immigrant families. The book is selected text for the 2019 Freshman Common Reader.

2019 Freshman Convocation Schedule

Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. – Noon
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
Third Floor, Academic Building

Registration & Light Refreshments: 8 – 9 a.m.
Program: 9 – 10 a.m.
Discussion Sessions: 10:15 a.m. – Noon


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.