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UHD’s 72nd Commencement Ceremonies Set For May 15

The achievements of more than 1,600 University of Houston-Downtown students will be celebrated during two ceremonies at the 72nd Commencement on Sunday, May 15, at NRG Stadium. 

Ceremonies at Noon feature graduates of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Sciences & Technology, and College of Public Service, and at 4 p.m. for the Marilyn Davies College of Business and University College. 

“Our graduates will remember this moment because it serves as the capstone to their academic achievements,” UHD President Loren J. Blanchard said. 

Texas Senator John Whitmire will deliver remarks during the noon ceremony. Graduates will also hear from one of their own, Gabriela Medina, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Post-graduation, Medina wants to earn a master’s degree and pursue a career as a health care social worker. 

The 4 p.m. ceremony will feature City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as the keynote speaker. Gator Alum Sebastian Troitino, who is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree, is the student speaker. 

For more information on the ceremonies, visit the Commencement website.

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.