Hello Cougars!

Mike Pede
Michael Pede (’89)
University of Houston
Associate Vice President
Alumni Relations & UHAA

It feels a bit like there is going to be a new addition to the family. The anticipation is palpable on campus, as we prepare to welcome over 6,000 new alumni next week when the 2018 commencement ceremonies occur, both on campus and at NRG Stadium. Can you imagine getting ready to add one person to your family, let alone 6,000? Well, we are ready!

Our alma mater is busting at the seams these days, with smiling new graduate faces freshly grasping their degrees. Whether receiving an undergraduate degree, that master’s degree they have been pursuing or adding the new title of doctor to their name, we are honored to welcome all our graduating Coogs into the Alumni Association! Whatever the case, each and every one of us has put in that work, studied those subjects and done the time to be called a University of Houston alumnus. With so many Cougars already roaming the city, and around the state and country, we likely all know someone “walking” next week that we are exceptionally proud of, and it harkens us back to our own cap and gown days. Oh, to go back there for a day. Well, maybe.

Those newly minted Cougars have plenty of opportunities to get immediately involved with UHAA. Whether they join President Renu Khator in Los Angeles on May 16, attend the third annual Red Dinner on May 19, go to the Colonial PGA Tour Stop in Ft. Worth on May 29 or  attend the Engineering Alumni Gala on June 7, their first experiences as alumni are guaranteed to be great. There are so many things to wind down our academic year, as well as get ready for our events on Broadway with Jim Parsons to see “Boys in the Band” on July 17 and the many New Student Sendoffs (Austin, Dallas, The Woodlands, McAllen, etc.) in late July and into August. If you need information on our upcoming happenings, check out the Events page on www.houstonalumni.com, and join us!

If you have a graduate in your family this month, congratulations! And for all of us that don’t, I hope the sight of the pride these families feel at this time of year makes you just that much prouder to call yourself a graduate and alumnus of the University of Houston!

Happy May & Go Coogs!

True we’ll ever be,

Mike