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President's One Main Message: Homecoming 2019

This week is Homecoming, a celebration of our University and an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and alumni to come together for any number of pride-filled events. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Gators Throwback Mix Tape,” a nod to the University’s rich history and the accomplishments of past and present Gators. A few highlights are featured below, but other notable events include the Office Decorating Competition, the President’s Barbecue that I am hosting on Oct. 15; Throwback Thursday at UHD Northwest on Oct. 17; and sporting events throughout the week at the Student Life Center.

Homecoming wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Student Affairs, Student Activities, Sports & Fitness, and many other departments and organizations. I thank those involved for supporting ever-growing school spirit on campus, as well as all Gators for making UHD a university to be proud of.

Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UHD President

Homecoming Firsts

This year, UHD hosts its first Homecoming events in UHD’s eSports Lounge (an alumni tournament on Oct. 17 that begins at 7 p.m.) and at the new Sports Fields (flag football and kickball on Oct. 15, and alumni soccer games on Oct. 17). These Homecoming firsts are a reflection of UHD’s commitment to enhancing our campus and providing faculty, staff, students, and alumni with new spaces to socialize and grow as Gators.

Tail-Gatoring – Oct. 19

Homecoming isn’t complete without this annual tradition. UHD’s Gator Community will transform the city parking lots on Girard Street into an unforgettable festival experience. Games, refreshments, cook-off contests, and a Gator Kids Zone are just some of the reasons to bring your family to this event. And, it’s just the warm-up for UHD’s big men’s basketball game against Lone Star College-Cy Fair at 4 p.m. in the Student Life Center and The Gathering, our concluding Homecoming party at 8 p.m. in A300.


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.