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Gator Pride & Traditions

In 1974, the University of Houston acquired the assets of South Texas Junior College and opened the University of Houston-Downtown College at One Main Street as a four-year institution. By the end of the 1970s, the Texas Legislature had approved UHDC as a distinct university in the University of Houston System. The rich history behind UHD is found in the UHD digital archives

The Seal
Steeped in deep Texas tradition, the Seal of the University of Houston System is the Official Seal of Arms of General Sam Houston, as handed down to him from noble ancestors. The simple Escutcheon in the center of the seal consists of checkered chevrons denoting nobility, and three Martlets, gentle Lowland birds symbolizing peace and deliverance. A winged hourglass is above the shield and surmounting this, the motto, “In Tempore” (In Time). Greyhounds were placed at the sides to indicate the speed in giving aid.

Welcome Week, held during the first week of classes each fall and spring semesters, this week of events celebrates the beginning of the semester with a comprehensive calendar of events and activities designed to welcome back new and continuing gators.

Homecoming, held annually during the fall semester, is a time for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community to come together, and celebrate the spirit and pride of UHD.  UHD alum, current students, faculty, staff, community members, and future gators unite to celebrate the common thread that binds all Gators. The main features of Homecoming are the UHD Pep Rally, the Homecoming games and Tail-Gatoring.
Student Involvement Day, held during the fall and spring semesters, is a resource and tabling fair that highlights student organizations, Greek life, and Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Government Association (SGA), and invites all students to find place and engage.

Culture on the Bayou, held each spring, is a cultural celebration with crawfish, drinks, and zydeco music to celebrate the richness and diversity of UHD. Clubs and organizations registered with the university use this time to fundraise, and celebrate their organizations.
One Main Event, held each spring, is our annual awards gala celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of our student organizations and their members throughout the year.

Our primary school colors are UHD blue and UHD red. 

Ed-U-Gator is the official mascot for the University of Houston-Downtown. You will find Ed promoting team spirit cheering on club sports, at local community activities, and university events promoting gator pride! 

Gator Chant  
Created by the UHD student Gator Crew in 2016, the “Gator Chant,” has become a rallying call for new gators to show their gator pride. 
Crew Member:
Hey Gators!
Crew Member:
You’re lookin’ good today!
Well, the Gators look good EVERYDAY!
We are, we are gators, gators!

We are, we are gators, gators!
Fighting red
Fighting blue
​Fighting white

Last updated 8/31/2020 4:49 AM