Sugar Land leader, attorney to speak at UHV fall commencement

Himesh Gandhi

Himesh Gandhi, an attorney and Sugar Land city councilman, will deliver the keynote address during the Dec. 15 University of Houston-Victoria fall graduation ceremony.  

Commencement will begin at 11 a.m. at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy.  

Gandhi is an attorney and partner with the law firm Hrbacek & Gandhi P.C. He represents individuals and businesses in real estate, business issues, corporate and commercial matters, and litigation.  

Known for his community and civic involvement, Gandhi was elected in May to the City Council. At age 35, he became the youngest candidate in history to win an at-large Sugar Land City Council seat.  

“It’s an honor and a privilege to have been asked to participate in this very special day, a significant milestone that marks a new beginning for our next generation of leaders,” Gandhi said. “As these young men and women embark on their next journey, I hope they remember this commencement as a turning point in their lives and a day of hope and opportunity. I am looking forward to sharing in this momentous occasion.”  

Gandhi visited with UHV administrators, faculty and staff while attending the UHV School of Business Administration awards reception in September at UH Sugar Land.  

Phil Castille

“Councilman Gandhi has been a good friend and a great supporter of UHV programs in Sugar Land and the Fort Bend area,” UHV President Phil Castille said. “Collaboration with city leaders in Victoria and Greater Houston can only help us carry out our mission of providing students with educational and leadership opportunities.”  

Gandhi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. He went on to obtain a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the South Texas College of Law.  

Prior to his election to the City Council, Gandhi served on the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission, Building Standards Commission and Redistricting Committee.  

He also has been a board member for several community organizations, including the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Child Advocates of Fort Bend and Sugar Land Exchange Club. He was the past chairman of the Indo American Forum and the vice chairman of Arc of Fort Bend.  

Gandhi is a graduate of several Sugar Land citizen awareness programs, including Sugar Land 101, the Sugar Land Citizens Fire Academy and the Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy.  

“We express our appreciation to Councilman Gandhi for agreeing to be our keynote speaker,” Castille said. “Our graduates will benefit from hearing his message.”    

UHV holds graduation ceremonies in two different locations each year. Spring commencement is in Victoria, while the fall ceremony is held in Katy to better accommodate the number of UHV students who take classes at UH Sugar Land and the UH System at Cinco Ranch.  

For more information about commencement, contact special events coordinator Nancy Gresham at 361-570-4351 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro