University Commencement Procedures

Fall 2018
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. (Processional walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.)
Venue: NRG Arena

University Commencement is personal and meaningful. It is a shared celebration with faculty and friends of your college who have shaped your education. Hear your name called and walk across the stage to receive your accolades. This event happens every Fall and Spring semester.


Before University Commencement

Congratulations! Please take a look at the graduation checklist for updates on academic paperwork and to ensure you have taken all necessary steps to receive your official diploma.

Cap, Gowns and Invitations

All graduates participating in the University Commencement must wear the updated UH custom cap and gown Bachelor regalia. Students may order their cap, gowns, announcements and invitations online from Herff-Jones Company, the authorized vendor for the University of Houston. The bookstore will host Grad Fair on September 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lower level. For additional information please call the UH Bookstore at 713-748-0923. Herff-Jones orders can also be placed at 281-379-3825.

Cougar Spirit Cords

Don’t be left out at graduation. Give to and get your Cougar Spirit Cord today! The Cougar Spirit Cord is a symbol of your pride and a way to help make more scholarships available to next year’s students or show support for a program that’s made a difference in your UH experience. Make a minimum $18 donation (perhaps a gift in honor of your class, $20.18) to any college or program of your choice and wear the cord at the ceremony to show your Cougar Pride! Don’t wait, click here and choose to give now!

Honor Cords

Students graduating with honors may purchase honor cords at the UH Bookstore.

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)


Every effort is made to include the names of all official graduates in the printed commencement program. However, please be aware that the program is not an official document with regard to eligibility for graduation or any honors conferred. Inclusion of a name in the program does not guarantee graduation or honors status. **Please note that students who apply for graduation after the first graduation deadline may not see their name appear in the program.


Students who requested that public information not be released must specify that their information may be included in the programs when applying for graduation. Otherwise, the university will not publish their graduation information unless the Bauer College of Business, Undergraduate Business Programs has a signed release form.

Special Needs

Registered CSD Students needing any additional services or have special requests must notify the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) at least 2 WEEKS prior to their scheduled ceremony. Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) can be reached at (713) 743-5400 or http://www.uh.edu/csd/ for any additional assistance and/or specific questions.

If you are a graduate with special needs please email Kathy Dominguez at kdominguez@uh.edu should you need assistance with the processional or the recognition walk.

During University Commencement

Student Check In and Timeline

All graduates will enter Exhibit Hall A and will be directed by college coordinators to proceed with the process. Graduates should arrive by 7:30 a.m. for student check in. The processional walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will commence at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. All graduates should arrive with their regalia on.

Walk Cards

Each student will be assigned a walk card at the student check-in tables prior to student line up. The card will indicate your name, pronunciation of name (if information is provided), mailing address, email and the degree you earned.

Be sure to check the card carefully and make any necessary corrections. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU UNTIL YOU REACH THE STAGE. THE CARD WILL BE USED TO CALL YOUR NAME. The photographer will send proofs to the email address printed on the card. Please refrain from bringing any hand carried items. College coordinators will NOT be responsible for any personal items.


All graduates will park in the Maroon Lot (South Fannin Lot). See NRG Arena parking map for guidance. The parking fee for each vehicle is $12.00, cash only. Please prepare for heavy traffic flow and give yourself ample time to arrive on time for the ceremony. There will be designated parking for mobility impaired. NRG guest services personnel will provide assistance for ADA guests only and into the arena.


There will be a professional photographer on stage during the ceremony to take photos of each graduate. You will receive proofs at the mailing address on your walk card. You will then be able to order photos directly through the commercial firm. Please ask your family to take photos from their seats or before/after the ceremony. The fire marshal requires that we keep the aisles clear at all times. The ceremony will be live-streamed at the link below.

Guest Information

All guest will be able to park in the Maroon Lot (South Fannin Lot) and enter in the NRG arena. The parking fee for each vehicle is $12.00, cash only. Please arrive early to avoid any traffic congestion and heavy traffic flow. Arena seating is on a first come first seating basis. Tickets are NOT required. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Concession stands will be closed for the ceremony. There will be designated parking for mobility impaired. NRG guest services personnel will provide assistance for ADA guests only and into the arena. See NRG Arena parking map for guidance.

Graduation Information/Checklist
  • Please arrive on time.
  • Please make sure that you bring the LEAST amount of items as possible.
  • Please eat before the ceremony.
  • Please turn off cell phones before and during ceremony.
  • Please dress comfortably — You will be required to stand for long periods of time.
  • Please inform guests not to bring wrapped gifts. They will not be allowed to take them into the ceremony.
  • You may bring as many guests as you wish. No tickets are required.
  • Please be respectful and stay for the entire ceremony.

After University Commencement

After the official closing day of the semester, your academic advisor will review your grades and all other requirements for graduation. They will also confirm that you have completed all required surveys for graduation. This process will be complete within 60 days after the closing date. If your graduation is approved, the Office of the University Registrar will mail out your diploma shortly thereafter. 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 the Office of the University Registrar at 713-743-1010, or visit https://www.michaelsutter.com/uh to check the order and shipment status of your diploma.

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