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President's One Main Message: Finals Week, Commencement Weekend


We are in the home stretch of the fall semester, Gators. By Friday, finals will be over and many of you will be preparing for Commencement Weekend. Fall 2018 has been a semester to remember at UHD, thanks to your efforts.

If you will return to UHD next semester and are seeking Financial Aid, please remember to complete the necessary FAFSA applications. Tuition assistance, grants, scholarships and student loans are available to those who apply. Also, spring registration has started, and it is recommended that you register now to ensure you are enrolled in the classes you need to graduate on time.

Those graduating this weekend are looking beyond UHD to new endeavors. Whether you’re continuing your studies or embarking on a new career path, I commend your hard work and encourage you to stay in touch with your alma mater through our Office of Alumni Relations.

Our institution is driven by a sense of community and teamwork. Through the combined efforts of faculty, staff and students, our institution had a remarkable fall semester and set the stage for a promising new year. Congratulations, 2018 graduates and Gator Community for working together to Finish UHD Strong.

Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President

Finals Week

This week, students are completing final examinations, studying, and putting final touches on end-of-semester projects. It’s a busy week, but Gators have several campus resources available to them, including the W.I. Dykes Library, tutoring services, UHD’s Writing & Reading Center and computer labs. Our campus also provides many great spaces to study, including the Gator Den, Welcome Center and our Student Lounge. To help students unwind from finals, Sports & Fitness is hosting several activities at the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center.

Commencement Weekend

On Dec. 15 and 16, UHD will confer more than 1,800 degrees on our graduating Gators during Commencement Weekend events. Our 66th Commencement Ceremony will kick off at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at Minute Maid Park, celebrating our bachelor’s and master’s graduates. Andres Alcantar, Executive Vice President of the Texas Association of Business, will address our graduates at this event. The next day, UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business Graduate Programs Commencement begins at 2 p.m. at George R. Brown Convention Center. At this event, Gilbert Garcia, managing partner with Garcia Hamilton & Associates, will serve as guest speaker. Both of these events reflect the hard work and determination of our students. Their commitment is beyond measure, and I am proud to share this moment with all of them.


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.