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Scene at UHD: Texas Tribune, Ring Ceremony, Gator Grit and International Study Abroad Week

UHD was on the scene for a several great events as the semester is winding down.

The Texas Tribune and UHD hosted The Future of Urban Texas, a series of panels about topics that matter most to Texans living in urban areas such as healthcare, transportation, education and poverty. Many of state leaders and legislators were in attendance, including the mayors of Houston and Austin. 

Soon-to-be Gator graduates participated in a Ring Ceremony Nov, 16 to receive their new UHD class rings in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium. After the event, students participated in a ceremonial toast and many ventured to the South Deck for pictures with the scenic Downtown skyline in the background.

UHD alumnus and veteran Marcus Bowers was the featured speaker at the November Gator Grit. Bowers graduated with a business degree from Marilyn Davies College of Business in 2011. He and a friend started their own venture, She’s Happy Hair and which became a multi-million dollar business. 

Throughout the week of Nov. 18, the Office of Study Abroad hosted the International Study Abroad Fair to highlight the experiences students could gain by traveling the globe. Faculty and students were available to answer questions about the Study Abroad program. Events included a British Tea Party, a showing of Harry Potter, a Latino Study Abroad panel, along with a guest speaker from Australia. 


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.