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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) 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.