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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) – 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.