Presidential Investiture Program Of Loren J. Blanchard Set For May 24
The University of Houston-Downtown’s Presidential Investiture Program of Loren J. Blanchard will take place on Tuesday, May 24, with a formal morning ceremony and celebrations throughout the day and evening.
In the academic setting, an Investiture is a formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of the office upon a university president. Traditionally, such ceremonies are held at the conclusion of the president’s first year in office.
Blanchard joined UHD as its seventh president on March 15, 2021. Over the past year, he has established UHD’s Institutional Compass, which is designed to chart a course for new levels of success, including strengthening justice, student success and equity, supporting institutional excellence and infrastructure, and growing as an anchor institution.
The day’s events for the Investiture Program include the following events:
10 a.m., Wortham Theater Center
12:30 p.m., University of Houston-Downtown
Alumni and Friends Celebration
5:30 p.m., Four Seasons Houston
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 60,000 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 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.