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UHD Freshman Convocation Set for Aug. 23


By Mike Emery

This week, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) welcomes students to campus to kick off a new academic year. Among those arriving on campus this week are a new class of freshmen who are opening new chapters in their lives.

To welcome these new Gators to campus, UHD is hosting its annual Freshman Convocation on Aug. 23. The event will spotlight students’ initial steps toward graduation and provide a foundation for them to Finish UHD Strong. This year’s Freshman Convocation offers students an opportunity to share insights and discuss the acclaimed novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The book is selected text for the 2018 Freshman Common Reader.

A schedule of Freshman Convocation events is as follows:

  • 2:30 p.m. Freshman Convocation in Robertson Auditorium
  • 3:30 p.m. Scrabble Tournament on the South Deck
  • 4:30 p.m. Cookout on the South Deck

Free "Class of 2020" T-shirts will be available for freshman participants.

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.