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) 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.