15:11 PM

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) – 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.