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Scene at UHD: Commencement, Gator Ready, and Behind the Cameras at Channel 13

In this week’s Scene at UHD, we look at commencement, Gator Ready freshman orientation, and a trip to Channel 13 studios.

UHD celebrates its 66th commencent! Approximately 1,400 Gators walked the stage to receive their diplomas at Minute Maid Park. The commencement speakers, author Chris Gardner and Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, congratulated and encouraged the new graduates.

One chapter ends and another one begins. Gator Ready Orientation was held May 24 to welcome incoming freshmen to prepare them for the fall semester. They received information to help them prepare for their first day, took a tour of the campus, and a great lunch in Student Activities. 

Behind the Scenes. A group of UHD students visited the ABC 13 KTRK Studios, where they learned about careers in broadcast technology. The students toured the newsroom area, production rooms and the main studio where the live newscasts are broadcast. Students were also able to ask questions of station staff and others.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.