UHV graduates to celebrate at fall commencement

KATY – More than 450 University of Houston-Victoria students are scheduled to walk Saturday in the university’s fall 2018 commencement ceremony and hear from a Houston marketing firm owner.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. Live streaming of the ceremony can be seen at

Bob Glenn

“Commencement is the best thing we get to do each year,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “I always look forward to watching the students’ faces as they walk across the stage and as they see their friends and family. It is the culmination of all the work and effort put in by our students, along with our faculty and staff, and is a joyous occasion for everyone involved in the process.”

The commencement address will be given by Christine Hollinden, founding principal of Hollinden | marketers + strategists in Houston. For the past 25 years, Hollinden has helped professional services firms distinguish themselves from the pack. She has earned industry recognition and status as a strategist and speaker on a variety of marketing and social media topics. 

Hollinden earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1985 from UHV and serves as a member of the university’s Campaign Leadership Committee. She also was the keynote speaker at a 2013 UHV Bachelor of Business Administration Conference in that was attended by undergraduate business students.

The Honorable Andrew Teoh will bring greetings on behalf of the UH System Board of Regents, and Paula Myrick Short, UH System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, will bring greetings on behalf of UHS administration. Deshavian Williams, UHV Student Government Association president, will lead the moment of silence.

Jeffrey Cass, UHV Faculty Senate president, will serve as grand marshal of the ceremony, and Camilla Sutton, UHV Staff Council chair, will give the welcome. The deans of each of UHV’s three schools will present the candidates for degrees from their respective schools. In addition, the outstanding students from each school will be recognized by David Cockrum, UHV interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. UHV President Bob Glenn will confer the degrees.

LaQuitta DeMerchant, a UHV Class of 1999 alumna with a Master of Business Administration, will induct the new graduates into UHV’s alumni and start the singing of the university’s alma mater.

UHV holds graduation ceremonies in two different locations each year. Spring commencement is in Victoria, while the fall ceremony is held in Katy.

For general information about UHV commencement, contact Nancy Gresham, UHV special events coordinator, at 361-570-4351 or Students who have graduation questions should contact Michael Wilkinson, senior director of UHV Student Services & Judicial Affairs, at 361-485-4408 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.

Ashley Strevel 361-570-4342