May 3, 2019
This spring semester, a total of 45 University of Houston (UH) graduating seniors completed the Global Citizens Credential, which is more than all previous semesters combined. Since the program launched in fall 2017, 86 students have completed the program.
Dr. Jaime Ortiz, vice provost of global strategies and studies, affirmed “Unequivocally, these graduates have gained essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s world. We are very excited about the growing impact of the Global Citizens Credential program on graduates, the UH campus, and the community. We hope to see even more students take advantage of this great opportunity.”
The Global Citizens Credential (GCC) is an initiative that was launched in fall 2017 by the Office of the Provost and is open to all undergraduate students. Its purpose is to prepare UH undergraduates for an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Students who complete the program are able to enhance their global knowledge, engagement, and responsibility.
GCC graduates earned this credential by successfully completing global courses, learning abroad, language proficiency, intercultural activities, and/or global scholarly work. They also attended a Capstone Symposium where they shared their global experiences, discussed the effects of globalization, and reflected upon what it means to be a global citizen.
A certificate ceremony was held on April 30, 2019 to recognize the UH graduating seniors who completed the Global Citizens Credential. GCC graduates received a signed certificate and an honor cord for their accomplishments.
Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, congratulated the GCC graduates during the ceremony. “By pursuing the GCC, students choose to look at the world through a wider lens and set themselves above their peers. These students recognize that a global perspective will serve them well in their future careers.Provost Short also inspired students with a quote by social activist, philanthropist, and leader Nelson Mandela. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Short quoted. “I hope that you remember these words and apply them to your future careers.”