President's Message: Congratulations UHD Graduates
Dear UHD Family,
This weekend marks a very special time for the University of Houston-Downtown and the Gator Community. It’s Commencement Weekend, kicking off with tonight’s Marilyn Davies College of Business Graduate Programs ceremony, and concluding with our Sunday graduation event at Minute Maid Park.
Congratulations to the more than 1,400 students who are graduating this weekend. Your hard work has paid off, and I look forward to celebrating all of your academic achievements either tonight or on Sunday morning.
I also must commend our faculty on preparing our spring graduates. Without the insights and expertise of our professors and lecturers, our students would not be emerging from UHD ready to take on new professional or academic challenges.
Additionally, our superb staff deserves much credit for supporting our students throughout their time here at UHD. Some of our students’ very first experiences with the University were made through interactions with staff members. These are dedicated professionals who help our students from the time they register for their first classes to the moment they apply for graduation.
I am looking forward to experiencing my first UHD Commencement Weekend and know that it will be one to remember. After all, tonight we will graduate the first MBA students from the recently named Marilyn Davies College of Business. On Sunday, UHD awards its very first honorary degree to The Honorable Bill Richardson.
This weekend’s activities are proof that the University is committed to the success of its students, and I thank everyone for their hard work in the classroom and in our community.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
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.