President's Message: December 5, Official Day of Mourning
Dear UHD Community,
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order designating Wednesday, Dec. 5, as an official Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush.
Final exams will be conducted on this day as scheduled. Essential personnel as designated by division vice presidents are required to report to campus.
UHD Employment Services & Operations will provide further details on essential personnel and time reporting later today.
Our nation and our city lost a true statesman in President Bush. He was a dedicated Houstonian, who was unwavering in his passion for our city. Likewise, he continued to serve others through his foundation long after exiting public office. As a veteran, I hold a deep appreciation for his service to our country during World War II and his commitment to members of our armed forces.
Those who will be on campus tomorrow, please take a moment to observe a moment of silence at 9 a.m. to honor the memory of President Bush.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
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.