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Marcelino Benito to Emcee 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event

It’s All in the Family!


By Marie Jacinto

sm-benitosAt noon on Thursday, Jan. 25, the UHD campus community will join together to kick off the University’s 50th anniversary in the Robertson Auditorium with award-winning Weekend Anchor and Reporter Marcelino Benito acting as emcee. Named Best TV Reporter in 2016 by the Texas Associated Press, Benito has many credits to his name—including being married to a UHD Gator!

His wife, Rafaella Azevedo Benito, graduated in December 2023 with a degree in Psychology. “My wife’s story is a long one full of purpose and determination,” said Benito. “She had to move back home to Brazil soon after we met here in Houston. She was halfway through college there when we got married and moved back to Houston. It was tough because a lot of her credits didn’t transfer, and she took several courses at HCC before transferring to UHD. It took her a little longer than she would have liked, but she managed to fulfill her dream of attaining a degree in the U.S. while working and raising our two-year-old daughter.” We call that Gator grit!

Beaming with pride for his wife, a straight-A student, Benito joins all Gators on Thursday to launch a yearlong celebration of 50 years of UHD. 

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.