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More Than 1,500 Graduates Honored At Commencement Ceremony

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) conferred degrees to more than 1,500 graduates during University’s 65th Commencement Ceremony held on Dec. 15 at Minute Maid Park.

Andres Alcantar, executive vice president and chief operations officer for the Texas Association of Business served as the guest speaker. Alcantar previously served as chairman and commissioner for the Texas Workforce Commission. This year's student speaker was Beatrize Tapia, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.

The 65th Commencement Ceremony is among the most unique graduation events in the city. Families filled the stands to cheer for more than 1,500 graduates who earned their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UHD’s five colleges: College of Public Service, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Sciences & Technology, University College and Marilyn Davies College of Business.

"Today, you are Finishing UHD Strong and are prepared to help elevate our city," said UHD President, Juan Sánchez Muñoz. "You will apply what you learned at our university to help make our city and region stronger than ever."

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.