University Commencement Procedures
The University of Houston has postponed Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on event sizes. The ceremonies will be rescheduled for late summer or early fall when local, state and federal restrictions allow and when it is safe for our University community to come together again.
The University of Houston recognizes that commencement is a joyous time and an incredible accomplishment to be celebrated by our graduates and their families. UH will immediately begin planning a postponed commencement for spring 2020 graduates as soon as health conditions allow.
We will continued to keep our graduates and UH community informed as these plans are developed.
The University Commencement will include all Spring and Summer 2020 graduating candidates. This is a shared celebration with faculty, staff, family and friends who have shaped your education. Cheerfully hear your name called and walk across the stage to receive your accolades.
In order to better accommodate seating for all the graduates and their guest, the college will be split into two equally divided ceremonies, one morning ceremony and one mid-day ceremony. See the section below for details on which ceremony to attend.
Summer graduation candidates have an opportunity to participate in the spring ceremony. Note important information below:
- Summer graduates should not apply for Spring 2020 graduation. Summer graduates should apply for Summer 2020 graduation through Access UH beginning April 3, 2020.
- Summer graduates who want their name included in the printed May Commencement Program must apply for Summer 2020 graduation through Access UH by April 10, 2020.
All graduates and guest should review the Clear-Bag Policy before arriving at the Fertitta Center.
Which Ceremony Do I Attend?
Bauer Commencement Ceremony 1, 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
- Management Information Systems
Bauer Commencement Ceremony 2, 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
- Supply Chain Management
If you are double majoring, please note that your commencement assignment is based upon your primary major. If you have any questions please contact your advisor.
Commencement Ceremony 1 will consist of Ph.D graduates, Master’s graduates and the Undergraduates listed by majors above.
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 February 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lower level. For additional information please call the UH Campus Store at 713-741-7095.
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 $20 donation (perhaps a gift in honor of your class, $20.20) 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!
Students graduating with honors may purchase honor cords at the UH Campus Store.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org should you need assistance with the processional or the recognition walk.
During University Commencement
Student Check In and Timeline
Commencement Ceremony 1: All graduates will line up in the Alumni Center, Yeoman Fieldhouse and should arrive by 7:30 a.m. for student check in. The processional will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude by 11:30 a.m. All graduates should arrive with their regalia on.
Commencement Ceremony 2: All graduates will line up in the Alumni Center, Yeoman Fieldhouse and should arrive by 12:30 p.m. for student check in. The processional will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and should conclude by 4:30 p.m. All graduates should arrive with their regalia on.
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 should park in the TDECU Stadium Garage or in Lot 16B. Please arrive early as other activities will be held on campus that day. Please view the parking map for assistance.
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.
Commencement Ceremony 1: All guests should park in the TDECU Stadium Garage. See parking map for assistance. Please review the facility’s Clear-Bag Policy. Guest seating at Fertitta Center is on a first come, first seated basis. Please plan to arrive and park early as there could be street closures and traffic delays around the ceremony site. Doors to Fertitta Center will open at 8:00 a.m. through the Holman Street entrance. Mobility Impaired Guests are able to enter at 7:30 a.m. also through the Holman Street entrance. Procession will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m and conclude by 11:30 a.m. All guests will exit through the Cullen Street side.
Commencement Ceremony 2: All guests should park in the TDECU Stadium Garage. See parking map for assistance. Please review the facility’s Clear-Bag Policy. Guest seating at Fertitta Center is on a first come, first seated basis. Please plan to arrive and park early as there could be street closures and traffic delays around the ceremony site. Doors to Fertitta Center will open at 1:00 p.m. through the Holman Street entrance. For Mobility Impaired Guest, the doors will open at 12:30 p.m. also through the Holman Street entrance. Procession will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m. All guest will exit through the Cullen Street side.
- 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.
- Review Clear-Bag Policy
- 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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University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-6021
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Houston, TX 77204-6021