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Across half a century, the University of Houston-Downtown has stood out as a place of caring, learning, and leading. As we look back on 50 years of history, we not only celebrate a milestone, but also set ourselves a benchmark for the next half century. 

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The History of Houston's Downtown University

In 1974, the University of Houston acquired the assets of South Texas Junior College and opened the University of Houston-Downtown College (UHDC) at One Main Street as a four-year institution. By the end of the 1970s, the Texas Legislature approved UHDC as a distinct university in the University of Houston System. UHDC focused on meeting the needs of Houston's diverse and dynamic workforce. The first four-year degree was a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and resident students paid $4 per credit hour. By the early 1980s, it was clear that UHDC was more than a college. It was officially renamed as the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). 



Mark Your Calendars: 50th Anniversary Events

Be a part of our yearlong celebration by joining us at one or all our 50th anniversary events.
This calendar of events will be updated periodically, so be sure to check back.


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Bayou Bash

5:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 11, 2024

Naylor Lot

It's the special 50th Anniversary edition ofUHD's annual
Bayou Bash

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President's Lecture Series:
From Information to Action: Sustainability Across Houston

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday,
April 23, 2024

CST, Fondren Commons

As part of UHD’s Earth Month and 50th Anniversary observances, you are invited to attend the third chapter in this year’s President’s Lecture Series focused on our environment and green living.

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7 p.m., Saturday,
October 12, 2024

Hilton Americas-Houston,
1600 Lamar Street

Let's celebrate 50 years of UHD with dinner, dancing, and awards!

Terence Blanchard

November 2024

Venue to be announced

More information soon!


5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2024
Naylor Lot
It's the special 50th Anniversary edition of UHD's annual Bayou Bash. Time for crawfish, cold beverages, live music, family fun activities, and more!

Noon, Wednesday, April 24
40,000 Windows Café, W. I. Dykes Library
Local artists Grace Harrison and Sho’ Nuff will perform during two separate live tapings starting at noon as part of Rhythm & Books, a series of intimate, daytime concerts featuring Texas-grown talent. Free and open to all.


7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
Academic Building, UHD
Guest Speaker - David Ono

An award-winning filmmaker and Los Angeles’ ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor, David Ono will speak on the U.S. concentration camps during World War II as chronicled in his documentary film “Legacy of Heart Mountain.”

May - June 2024
Check back for the sure-to-be-amazing line-up of musical talent for this popular series.

7 p.m., September (Date to be Announced)
Guest Speaker
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
Academic Building, UHD

Thursday, February 29, 2024
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
Academic Building, UHD
Right in time for UHD's 50th Anniversary, Mariachi Los Caimanes, UHD's official mariachi ensemble, puts on a concert to top all other concerts.

Thursday, September 19, 2024
O'Kane Gallery
Girard Street Building, UHD
Details to come.

10 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2024
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
Academic Building, UHD
UHD President Loren J. Blanchard will present his annual State of the University Address.

Monday, October 14-Saturday, October 19, 2024
It's Homecoming Week! UHD Alumni, students, staff, and faculty come together for a week of fun events culminating with Tail-Gatoring and the homecoming basketball game.
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Calling All Alumni

This time of celebration provides the perfect opportunity to reconnect and reengage with your UHD community.

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