When is Convocation
for Bauer Students?
Spring 2017 UH Commencement Ceremony: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10 a.m., TDECU Stadium
Spring 2017 Bauer College Convocation Ceremony: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., NRG Stadium
Frequently Asked Questions
Bauer College Spring 2017 Convocation
Q. Why is the Spring 2017 Bauer Convocation being held on a Sunday and Mother's Day?
We understand the feelings and concerns about the ceremony being scheduled on a Sunday, and Mother’s Day, at that. We know that many students graduating this semester are mothers themselves or would like to spend this day celebrating with their own mothers. In addition, many faculty and staff who will be volunteering at the convocation are mothers, too, along with attendees who would like to honor our graduating students.
Bauer College typically does not hold our convocation ceremony, or any college-level event, on a Sunday. The University’s commencement ceremony, which recognizes all graduates on campus, will be held on Friday, May 12, at TDECU Stadium. There are 12 other colleges across campus that we must coordinate with when it comes to scheduling ceremonies in the days following the University commencement. This year, in addition, the UH Basketball Facility, Hofheinz Pavilion, where we have held our ceremony for the last several years, is under construction, necessitating that we find an alternate venue similar in size, facilities and location, which means that we also must work with the venue’s availability and schedule. As a result, Bauer College, along with some other colleges, must host our convocation on Sunday, which is Mother’s Day.
Q. Will anything be done to recognize Mother's Day at the ceremony?
Convocation organizers are working now to plan a recognition for mothers at the event. We hope that this event is not one that interferes with or prevents plans for Mother’s Day but instead complements what families are doing that day and adds another cause for celebration and togetherness.
Q. Why is the ceremony being held off-campus?
In the past, we have had to plan around uncertain Houston weather in the spring. In fact, each University commencement ceremony held in TDECU Stadium on campus has either been seriously delayed or relocated due to severe thunderstorms; we have moved this semester’s University commencement to 10 a.m. on Friday, with the hopes of dodging any sort of early summer rainstorm, like we have experienced in the past.
The decision was made not to utilize the football stadium for the rest of the ceremonies, due to the very possible need of cancelling due to a rain-out. The alternative was to find another location for college ceremonies. This was not an easy decision to make, especially with the constraint on the schedule for ceremonies at NRG Stadium. We certainly understand the wish of our students to have their graduation on the UH campus, and there will be many events on campus and at Bauer where we can celebrate graduation with our students.
Q. Who can I contact to discuss these issues further?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns about the date and/or venue of our Spring 2017 Convocation Ceremony. If you have other questions related to the event or are a graduate and need more information, please visit this page (undergradate) and this page (graduate).