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Scene at UHD: Welcome Week, Convocation, and H.E.A.R.T. Graduation

Gators are getting back in the swing of things now that fall semester has started. UHD was on the scene for Welcome Week, Freshman Convocation, and the H.E.A.R.T. graduation. 

Student Activities organized another amazing Welcome Week. Students and staff were on hand to talk to new and returning students about their organizations and hand out goodies. Students were able to Build-a-Gator, meet the Student Government Association (SGA), get personalized airbrushed t-shirts and much more. 

Freshmen were welcomed to campus at the 2019 Freshman Convocation on August 17. Students received their copy of this year’s common reader, "American Like Me" by America Ferrera. 

The H.E.A.R.T. students were honored during special graduation ceremonies on August 16. In this program, adults with developmental disabilities earn a 120 hour certificate at UHD. They attend on-campus classes, participate in on-campus internships, off-campus externships and a final capstone project prior to graduation. Students are paired with UHD student mentors, who provide guidance and support during a three-semester course of study.

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.