CLASS Commencement 2014

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CLASS Commencement Ceremony
Friday, December 19, 2014
9:00am-11:30am

Hofheinz Pavilion

Yes  No | Student will (not) attend

If yes, number of guests (not including you):


CLASS "Ready…Set…Commence!" event
Come anytime between these times
Monday, December 15, 2014, 3:00pm – 6:00pm or
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Rockwell Pavilion (Anderson Library, 2nd Floor)

Yes  No | Student will (not) attend

If yes, which day

  • Monday, December 15
  • Tuesday, December 16

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CLASS Commencement 2014

CLASS Commencement

CLASS Commencement Ceremony December 19, 2014

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30a.m.
    Hofheinz Pavilion

Parking

Free parking will be available to graduates and their guests. Parking information, including locations for handicap-accessible parking, and map can be found on the UH Commencement Parking website.

  • Students are strongly urged to park in Lot 16B, which is closest to Yeoman Field House where line-up takes place.
  • Guests are urged to park in the new parking garage, which is closest to Hofheinz Pavilion. There will be ample UH Police and Parking Security guiding motorists on campus that day.

Guest Information

When inviting guests, please be advised of the following:

Hofheinz Pavilion

  • Doors will open 1 hour before the ceremony.
    • CLASS Ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. for seating
  • Guests will be required to release any saved seats 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the procession.
    • This will be strictly enforced by security and ushers.
  • Doors to Hofheinz Pavilion will close if maximum capacity is reached. This decision is made by the Fire Marshall and not the University.
  • Hofheinz Pavilion will be completely cleared after each ceremony, so arriving earlier than the allotted hour is not necessary.
  • Parking becomes more challenging and seating takes longer as the ceremony start time approaches.

Guests with Mobility Impairments

Special seating is available, but limited. Please plan to arrive early. Hofheinz Pavilion doors will open at 7:30 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled opening time, for guests with mobility impairment, so that they may be comfortably seated. In order to accommodate as many mobility impaired guests as possible, there will be a strict limit of one guest to accompany the mobility impaired guest in the reserved seating area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your group.

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Photographs

Family and friends should feel free to bring cameras and video recorders and take as many pictures as they desire. However, they must remain in their seats during the ceremony. Guests will not be allowed to stand in the aisles, and under no circumstances will they be permitted on the floor of the hall.

We also suggest that family photographers take photos at home and at other locations on campus prior to or after the ceremony.

A professional photographer, "Flash Photography," will be on hand taking individual photos during the ceremony. "Flash Photography" will send the proofs via email to the graduation candidate so that prints can be ordered. The photographer will have the email address approved by the student on the walk card used during the ceremony.

If you do not receive the proofs within 30 days of your commencement program please contact: Flash Photography at 800.410.8070

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Graduation Candidates

Information about Applying to Graduate

Students must apply for graduation on myUH to be considered for the degree. Applying for graduation and/or participating in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee the degree will be approved. Conferral of degree is contingent upon successful completion of all coursework and degree requirements.

Before you apply!

  • Changes to your major or minor should be made before your application has been submitted. Please confirm that your major and minor information is listed correctly on myUH prior to submitting your graduation application.
  • Graduation applications cannot be retracted. Once you submit a graduation application you must graduate if you meet graduation requirements.

How to apply

Deadline to Apply

  • October 3, 2014.  $25 application fee.
  • Late applications accepted October 4, 2014 – October 31, 2014. Student name will not appear in printed program. $50 application fee.

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Status of your Graduation Application

Once you submit your application to graduate

When you submit your application to graduate, your primary major advisor will receive notification in their weekly reports. Your primary major advisor will then begin to collect all documents, petitions, etc. related to your degree progress and begin to make a preliminary recommendation for degree conferral. If your graduation is contingent on completing any coursework, you must first successfully complete those requirements before a decision can be made. If there are any other outstanding items that your primary major advisor is aware of and has already communicated with you about, these items will also need to be completed before a preliminary recommendation for degree conferral can be made.

*Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree.*

Conditions that Warrant Immediate Disapproval

If there are requirements for your degree completion that will not be met by currently enrolled courses and your major advisor is not already aware of these outstanding items, your application could be disapproved before the end of the semester that you have applied to graduate.

A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your email address listed on your record. You will then need to work with your major advisor to complete any remaining requirements and apply for graduation again in the next feasible semester.

Approval Process

Once the semester officially closes (December 18, 2014) and all grades are posted (last day to submit grades is 72 hours after the close of the semester), a final recommendation will be made by your major advisor and the college Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs will begin their final review for degree conferral.

If you have successfully completed all requirements of your degree program, your application will be approved by CLASS and then sent to UH with final recommendation for degree conferral.

After UH has completed their review and has determined that all degree requirements have been satisfied, a final approval decision will be made and posted to your record.

A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your email address listed on your record.

Disapproval Process

Once the semester officially closes (December 18, 2014) and all grades are posted (last day to submit grades is 72 hours after the close of the semester), a final recommendation will be made by your major advisor and the college Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs will begin their final review for degree conferral.

If you have not successfully completed all pending requirements by that date, your application will be disapproved.

A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your email address listed on your record. You will then need to work with your major advisor to complete any remaining requirements and apply for graduation again in the next feasible semester.

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Attend the CLASS "READY…SET…COMMENCE!" Event

Mark your calendar as a must attend for all graduation candidates! Please attend either date (not both). You may “come and go” at any time during event hours.

Dates: Monday, December 15 Tuesday, December 16
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm 10:00am – 1:00pm
Dean’s Toast:    3:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m.

Location: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

2nd Floor of MD Anderson Library

  • Pickup your graduation packet
    • Walk card used to cross stage
    • Verify pronunciation of your name
  • Toast with the Dean to the CLASS of 2014!
  • Have all of your commencement event questions answered
  • PhD Candidate Hooding Demonstrations
  • Donate to UH and get your UH Spirit Cords to wear during commencement (see below)
  • Learn about CLASS Graduate Programs
  • Join the UH CLASS Alumni Association
  • Bookstore representatives available

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Printed Commencement Program

We make every effort to ensure that all graduating students who apply on time (April 4, 2014 – October 3, 2014) are listed in the Commencement program.

If you apply for graduation during the LATE application period (October 4, 2014 – October 31, 2014) your name will NOT be listed in the Commencement program. We have a printing approval deadline that will preclude inclusion of late applicants.

Please also be aware of the following information:

  • If at any time you have requested privacy protection for your academic records, your name cannot be published in the program by law unless you have indicated on your application for graduation that you desire your name to be included in the program.
  • Although your name might not be included in the printed program, you will still be individually recognized by name as you cross the stage.

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Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (the traditional black mortarboard cap and black gown) are required for all graduates. The University of Houston has selected Official UH Regalia, we strongly encourage you to purchase your regalia at the UH Bookstore.

Bookstore representatives will be available to assist you on the day of commencement. They will be located in the Yeoman Field/Sports Court Area. The bookstore will accept cash (small bills), checks, and credit cards for students that need to purchase Regalia or Regalia items starting at 8:00am.

Bachelor graduates and candidates

  • Must wear the appropriate black commencement gown and black mortarboard cap with UH CLASS tassel.
  • Wear your tassel on the right side of the mortarboard.

Master graduates and candidates

  • Must wear the appropriate black commencement gown and black mortarboard cap with UH Class tassel.
  • Must also rent and wear the appropriate hood.
  • Wear your tassel on the left side of the mortarboard.

Doctoral graduates and candidates

  • Must bring the appropriate black commencement gown and black tam with tassel.
  • Must bring the appropriate hood with you.
  • Doctoral graduates and candidates will be hooded during the ceremony.
  • Please contact the Director for Graduate Studies regarding the hooding ceremony process.

Regalia Colors for All Departments Except Music

  Tassels Hoods
Baccalaureate Citron None
Master Black Citron
Doctoral Gold Dark blue

Regalia Colors for Moores School of Music Only

  Tassels Hoods
Baccalaureate Citron None
Master Black Pink
Doctoral Gold Pink

Bachelor and Master Candidates Regalia Purchase Prices †

Bachelor Unit (Cap, gown, tassel) $52.00
Bachelor Gown $36.00
Master Unit (Cap, gown, tassel, & hood) $74.00
Master Hood only $30.00
Master Gown $45.00
Cap only $8.25
Key Chain Tassel $7.50
Tassel only $7.50
Mega Tassel $9.00
Honor Cords $14.50
Gratitude Stole $30.00

† Prices do not include sales tax.

Doctoral Candidates’ Regalia Rental Prices †

Doctoral custom rental unit (Rental gown, keeper hood, tam, & tassel) $130.00
Ph.D. Keeper Hood $35.00
Ph.D. Rental Gown $70.00
Ph.D. Keeper Student Tam $25.00

† Prices do not include sales tax.

*PhD Hood & Tam w/Tassel are keepers and only the gowns will need to be returned to the Bookstore.

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Bookstore Graduation Fair

The Bookstore Graduation Fair will take place at the UH Campus Bookstore from September 23-26 (Tues-Fri) from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Order your official cap, gown, tassel, stole, diploma frame, announcements, rings, and spirit cords!

Come prepared to take grad-photos too! Gowns provided.

Please visit the Bookstore Graduation Fair page.

Cap and gown orders may be placed September 17 - October 17 through Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com/college/uh or through the UH Bookstore.

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Invitations

Students can order personalized invitations and announcements from Herff-Jones Company, the authorized vendor for the University of Houston.

Orders may be placed online or 713-864-6464.

Cougar Spirit Cord

Don't be left out at graduation!

Give to the University of Houston 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 $15 donation (perhaps a gift in honor of your class, $20.14) to any college or program of your choice (perhaps CLASS or your major?) and wear the cord at commencement to show your Cougar Pride!

Don't wait, click here and choose to give now! – you can pick up your Spirit Cord during the CLASS Ready…Set…Commence! event.

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Graduation Candidates with Mobility Impairments

Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD)

Registered CSD graduation candidates needing any services or have special request must notify the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) by December 5, 2014 or two weeks prior to their scheduled commencement ceremony. Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) (713) 743-5400 or http://www.uh.edu/csd.

All other mobility impaired non registered (CSD), parents and guests needing any special accommodations or mobility assistance should contact the commencement coordinator for their college ceremony no later than May 1 (Spring)/December 1 (Fall).

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What to Expect, Day of Commencement

Arrive: Graduation candidates should arrive no later than 8:00am.

  • CLASS Ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m.

The closer it is to the starting time of the ceremony parking becomes more challenging and will take more time to go through the process to get in line. Please plan for enough time to travel and arrive safely.

DO NOT BRING any purses, bags, umbrellas, etc. There is no storage space (secure or otherwise) for you to leave your personal belongings.

Where: Yeoman Field/Sports Court in the Alumni Center

Recognition of Graduates and Candidates: Recognition will proceed in department alphabetical order. Each graduate will be announced in alphabetical order starting with Doctoral, then Masters, then Bachelors.

As you approach the edge of the stage:

  1. Give your name card to the person collecting the cards.
  2. Walk across the stage to shake hands with the President and the Dean.
  3. Continue to behind stage where you will, again, have your picture taken by a professional photographer.
  4. Go back to be seated. [This will probably not be the same seat you had before crossing the stage. Do not bring/leave any valuables at your seat].
  5. Remain seated until all students have been recognized. (You will not be allowed to leave the ceremony early. Please be respectful of all participants in the ceremony.)
  6. Follow the person in front of you when the recessional begins.

The line should be continuous. Staff will direct candidates and graduates to the stage, a few rows at a time. Many people have volunteered to help direct this special event. Just follow their instructions, watch the person in front of you and enjoy family members, friends, cheering, clapping, and flashing cameras. Have a great time!

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Baccalaureate Candidates Graduating with Honors

Once the Fall 2014 semester has officially closed and all grades have been posted, your honors status will be updated accordingly and will be engraved upon your diploma.

Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College may graduate with special honors designations. Please see your advisor in the Honors College for more information.

Undergraduate students who successfully complete a senior honors thesis/project and who are not members of the Honors College graduate with "Honors in Major."

Catalog Prior to Fall 2010

Students graduating with University Requirements (aka: Career requirements or General Requirements) from a catalog before the 2010-2011 catalog:

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 sixty-six (66) hours (at least 60 of which must be 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.

Honors Designations:

3.75 to 4.0 GPA Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
3.50 to 3.74 GPA Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
3.25 to 3.49 GPA Cum Laude (with honors)

Further, the honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of those final sixty-six (66) hours was completed.

Catalog Beginning Fall 2010 or after

Students graduating with University Requirements (aka: Career requirements or General Requirements) from the 2010-2011 catalog or after:

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.

Honors Designations:

3.90 to 4.0 GPA Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
3.70 to 3.89 GPA Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
3.50 to 3.69 GPA 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.

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Where is my diploma?

Diplomas are normally mailed two weeks after degrees have been approved by the college and officially conferred and posted by the university. Degree conferral for Fall 2014 candidates does not begin until January 5, 2014 and will be complete by January 23, 2014. Students can check the status of their diploma
at  MichaelSutter.com/UH.

Do you need documentation of your degree for a job or grad school?

  • If you are applying to graduate programs or if you have a job offer for which your degree posting is required, you may request that your degree processing be expedited.
  • To do so, you must supply documentation of urgent need to your major department advisor. The documentation should be addressed to you and should include a deadline. 
  • No reviews can post prior to the close of the term.
  • Degree conferral will be completed on January 23, 2015.

Diplomas are mailed directly to student at the most current address provided through their myUH student account. The diploma printing company will also send email notifications to diploma recipients indicating when diplomas have been mailed. It's important to keep contact information updated in myUH to avoid shipment delays.

Alumni graduating as of Summer 2008 and/or who have placed order(s) for additional diplomas from other graduating semesters, can check their Diploma Order Status online.

Contact Get Help if you have additional questions about your diploma order.

Please note: Effective September 1, 2009, there is a $25.00 fee for each additional diploma ordered (postmarked by or fax received on or after this date). This fee does not apply to the initial diploma mailed upon graduation, but will apply to additional quantities as requested via the diploma order form.*

*The fee is applicable to diplomas requested as a result of a diploma name change. Diploma names must be provided at the time of completing the online graduation application. Failure to do so may result in a $25 diploma order fee for subsequent name changes.

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For questions not answered in this website

Undergraduate students

Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree.

If you have questions related to the CLASS Commencement Ceremony, please contact:

CLASS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Coordinator
CLASSgraduation@uh.edu
713-743-4001

Graduate Students

Master and PhD students who have questions about the ceremony and degree conferral process are asked to email:

Anna Marchese
CLASS Graduate Studies Program Director
amarchese@uh.edu

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