Skip to main content

50th Year Banner

BUILDING ON OUR PAST | SHAPING OUR FUTURE

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. 

The UHD Story Isn't Complete

With 50 Years of stories to be told,
why not share yours?

SHARE YOUR STORY

 

Image of UHD when it was established in 1983

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). 

VIEW TIMELINE

 

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.

 

UHD Seal
FIRESIDE CHAT WITH FORMER UHD PRESIDENTS

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday,
March 5, 2024

A Fireside chat with former UHD Presidents as we discuss the past 50 years.

A-300, One Main Building 

Bayou Bash Graphic
BAYOU BASH

4:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday,
March 21, 2024

It's the special 50th Anniversary edition of UHD's annual Bayou Bash.

South Deck, One Main Building 

50th Gala Placeholder
UHD 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

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
JAZZ CONCERT WITH TERENCE BLANCHARD

November 2024

Venue to be announced

More information soon!

 
 

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Join us for a special Fireside Chat and reception featuring esteemed former presidents of our university. This unique opportunity offers insights into our institution's rich history and the vision that has shaped our journey. We look forward to welcoming you there!

RSVP

11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2024
TDECU Tour Room, Welcome Center
This special event reunites UHD staff and faculty retirees in celebration of UHD's 50th anniversary.

4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2024
South Deck, UHD
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 3, 2024
Room 300, Academic Building, UHD
Inaugurated in 2023, this very special luncheon honors donors and their scholarship recipients.

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

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.
Make a Gift

Your generosity enables students to pursue their passions and earn their degrees. Help us make another 50 years of dreams come true.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Calling All Alumni

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

JOIN US
Interested in Volunteering?
Fill out the form and let us know you're interested!