Graduation: What you Need to Know
Missed Graduation Orientation? Please reference the information on this page and the video above for a quick recap! If you need more details, contact your academic advisor directly.
- Students should confirm that their major & minor is accurate (via UH account) prior to their final semester. Contact your advisor immediately for assistance if your major & minor are incorrect. Please be advised that students may not add majors/minors after the 12th class day of their final semester unless they are enrolled in all of the courses to complete that major/minor.
- Apply/file for graduation via your myUH account before the posted deadline(s). Applications submitted after the published deadlines may not be accepted. If you have missed the late deadline, please contact your academic advisor immediately to discuss your options. Graduation applications cannot be retracted. Once you submit a graduation application, you must graduate if you meet requirements.
- Once you have registered for the classes you plan to take in your final semester, meet with your advisor for a graduation check while the registration cycle is open for your final semester. At the time of the advising appointment, you should already be enrolled in the courses you anticipate are needed for graduation. During your advising session, your advisor can confirm that you are registered appropriately and/or recommend adjustments to your schedule. It is highly recommended that you review any schedule changes after your graduation check with your advisor to reduce the likelihood of disapproval for graduation.
- If you are currently in your final semester and would like a graduation check to review graduation procedures, please schedule an appointment with your advisor before the last day to drop.
- If you plan to walk in the commencement ceremony, students must apply for graduation by the first deadline through myUH. For more information, please visit the Commencement Information Page.
- Complete the Employment Survey that will be e-mailed to your UH e-mail alias. Completion of this survey is a graduation requirement. (Fall, Spring & Summer graduates)
- Complete the Business Competency Assessment via Blackboard. Completion of the Business Competency Assessment is a graduation requirement. (Spring graduates only!)
- Complete the EBI Program Assessment Survey that will be emailed to your UH e-mail alias. Completion of this survey is a graduation requirement. (Fall & Spring graduates)
- Complete the Business Week Survey. This survey is optional for senior business majors enrolled during the Fall semester.
Note: You will receive email notifications relating to the surveys, so please review all email messages sent from UH carefully. If you have not received the links for the required surveys by the last day of classes, please email Analicia Galindo at firstname.lastname@example.org to have the links resent to your account.
Graduation Ceremony Information:
- Students must apply for graduation on myUH by the 1st UH graduation deadline in order for their names to be included the program for commencement ceremony. Students who apply for graduation after the first graduation deadline (see above) will not have their names appear in the commencement program. Spring graduates are listed in the May commencement program; Summer & Fall graduates are listed in the December program.
- Visit the Commencement Information Page for details on parking, cap & gown, invitations, etc.
- Spring graduates are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony; Summer & Fall graduates are eligible to participate in the December ceremony.
What to expect after filing for graduation:
- After the late deadline for graduation has passed, you will receive email confirmation that your application for graduation was successfully submitted.
- Once your final grades are posted, academic advisors will initiate the process of final certification for graduation. This process is typically completed within 60 days after the official closing of the semester.
- If your graduation is approved, Registration & Academic Records (RAR) will mail out your diploma. Students typically receive their diplomas in the mail 2-3 months after the end of their graduating semester. If you do not receive your diploma within 3 months of completing your degree, contact RAR at 713-743-1010.
- If you have other questions about your graduation, please contact your academic advisor.
Graduating with Honors
Students graduating under a catalog prior to Fall 2010 may find the qualification for honors here.
Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College, including a senior honors thesis or senior honors project, are graduated with "University Honors with Honors in Major." Undergraduate students who have completed all requirements of the Honors College except for the thesis or project are graduated with “University Honors.” (See University Honors College.)
Undergraduate students who successfully complete a senior honors thesis or senior honors project and who are not members of the Honors College are graduated with “Honors in Major.”
Undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements will graduate with the stated academic honors if they achieve the following grade point averages earned in the last fifty-four (54) hours (all of which must be A, B, C,... letter grade courses) completed at the University of Houston. Grades of S, U, I and W are not assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average.
- 3.90 to 4.0 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
- 3.70 to 3.89 Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
- 3.50 to 3.69 Cum Laude (with honors)
Further, the honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of those final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.
The University of Houston offers a tuition rebate of $1,000 to undergraduate students who graduate having met the requirements for eligibility. Eligible students are Texas residents, attempt no more than three semester hours in excess of the minimum number required for their degree, and graduate within four calendar years for four-year degrees, and within five calendar years for five-year degrees such as the Bachelor of Architecture. View the checklist and Rebate Request form or learn more about eligibility.