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CLASS salutes the spring 2011 graduates

Students at Pre-Commencement Line up

The college’s graduates leave UH with degrees in humanities, social sciences and creative arts and Tier One status.

Nearly 1,500 students have completed their studies within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and will be awarded degrees on Friday, May 13.

They are among the first class of University of Houston students to graduate from a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university – a distinction bestowed on UH at the start of these students’ last semester of study.

“In the class of 2011 are some of the most accomplished students in the history of the University of Houston,” said CLASS Dean John Roberts. “We are extremely proud of their achievements as students and wish them the very best in their careers and other professional endeavors.”

The journey to Tier One status has reminded the university community to hold tight to its traditions. Toward that end, the UH has reinstated the General Commencement ceremony.

“Plans are being finalized for a revamped program that will honor our graduates and their achievements in a grand manner, with all the pomp and celebration commensurate with their academic successes,” said Provost John Antel.

“It is our pledge to ensure each student is afforded proper recognition. To that effect, multiple consecutive ceremonies will be held on the same day, allowing for each student to walk and be recognized by name.”

The CLASS commencement ceremony is scheduled for 9 – 11 a.m. on May 13 in Hofheinz Pavilion. The event will be streamed live at

A pre-commencement reception is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 a.m. in the O'Quinn Great Hall of the Alumni Center. Graduates and their guests are invited to come and enjoy a light continental breakfast, coffee and juice and mingle with UH faculty, staff, and alumni.

Spring 2011 Commencement by the numbers

  • Total number of graduates: 1,490
  • Total number of bachelor’s degrees: 1221
  • Number graduating with honors: 555
  • Total number of master’s degrees: 222
  • Total number of Ph.D. degrees: 47
-    Luis Zelaya

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