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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) – 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 awarded UHD 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.