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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) 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.