UHD Vets Participating in Houston's Veterans Day Parade
By Mark Kramer
Among those students who walk the hallways of University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) are heroes who served our country in the armed forces.
On Monday, Nov. 11, it will be a time to honor those UHD Gators and thousands of others on Veterans Day. Many local events will celebrate our nation’s veterans, including Houston’s American Heroes Parade in Downtown Houston.
Members of the UHD Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will be represented in the patriotic procession during the parade. SVO students will be riding on a flatbed truck they have decorated for the event, bearing the UHD logo and featuring a replica of the Gator mascot.
The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Dallas and Bagby Streets. It will proceed east on Dallas, north on Louisiana, west on Walker, south on Smith, west on Lamar, ending on Lamar at Bagby. A celebration will precede the American Heroes Parade starting at 10 a.m. at City Hall’s Hermann Square.
“Participating in this parade has become a tradition at UHD,” said Richard Selvera, staff adviser for the SVO and director of UHD’s Veterans Services Office. “Our veterans look forward to this event every year and getting together to share memories and celebrate their service.”
The SVO members have participated in the parade for six years. Selvera said approximately 700 student veterans are enrolled at UHD. The University has also been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
“This event not only recognizes our student veterans, it spotlights their pursuit of higher education and serving the community in new and different ways,” Selvera said.
For additional details, visit the Veterans Day Celebration site.
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.