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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) – 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.