Graduate and Professional Programs

Information for Commencement Guests

Seating and Protocol


Please see the Parking tab for a map and parking instructions.

To ensure there is adequate seating please arrive ON TIME. Doors open 1 hour prior to each ceremony and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There will be no tickets issued and no minimum or maximum number of guests per graduate. Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Provisions for Guests with Disabilities

NRG guest services will provide assistance entering the stadium. There will be limited wheelchairs available to escort guests to their seats. Please see the Parking tab for a map for mobility impaired guest-parking instructions.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Poullard at

Audience Courtesy

Bauer College of Business is very proud of the accomplishments of each and every student, so we want the ceremony to be a pleasant experience for everyone. This time-honored ritual includes traditional academic regalia and requires proper decorum. We ask the audience to respect the rights and feelings of other participants and guests by remaining in their seats until all of the graduates have been recognized and the ceremony has concluded. In consideration of the speakers, pagers and cell phones should be turned off or turned to silent mode during the ceremony. Families should not allow children to run up and down the aisles. Babysitting will not be provided.

For Your Safety

Although the University of Houston does not anticipate any security problems during commencement, we will be taking special measures to ensure the safety of everyone who attends the commencement ceremony. Per NRG procedures, all bags and purses will be checked at the venue's entrance and guests may have to walk through a metal detector.

The following items are prohibited on campus:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs/paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
  • Animals except for registered guide dogs

The following items will not be allowed at the venue:

  • Balloons
  • Air horns
  • Wrapped items

Security will be screening for these items at the venue. Smoking is not permitted. These policies are subject to change without notice.