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Convocation

Spring 2017 Graduation Events

University-wide Commencement

Each May graduation events at the University of Houston consist of two coordinated ceremonies: University-wide Commencement which is held at TDECU Stadium and College Convocations which are held at other locations.

University-wide Commencement will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. at TDECU Stadium, University of Houston Main Campus. It is the formal university-wide celebration at which President Renu Khator officially confers degrees upon graduating students from all the colleges on campus. The ceremony features a processional of graduates and faculty, remarks from the President, and a vibrant keynote speaker.

Per University Commencement Participation Policies, graduates from the full academic year (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 graduates) are invited to participate in the annual University Commencement in May 2017. Summer 2017 candidates must apply for summer graduation by an early deadline of April 14th in order to be considered for participation in the May University Commencement (the Summer graduation application opens Friday, March 31, 2017).

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Convocation

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017  (Mother’s Day)
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: NRG Stadium

CLASS Convocation will take place at NRG Stadium, Sunday, May 14, 2017, 9 a.m. Guest tickets are not required for this event. Families and friends are encouraged to attend. Convocation will include only eligible Spring 2017 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Students are eligible to participate in CLASS Convocation only if they will complete all degree requirements by the end of the Spring 2017 semester. At CLASS Convocation all graduation candidates will be individually recognized – each have the opportunity to have their names (along with any honors) called as they cross the ceremonial stage.

University of Houston Graduation Fair

  • When: Tuesday, February 21st – Friday, February 24th 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: UH Bookstore (Lower Level)
  • Order your cap & gown, custom announcements, diploma frames, Balfour Rings, Grad Images, UH Spirit Cords.
  • Graduation Website for online orders will be open February 17 through March 18, 2017.
  • After March 18, 2017 caps and gowns can no longer be ordered online.
  • Gown Distribution begins April 17, 2017 through graduation day.
  • For graduation candidates who did not pre-order, there will be caps and gowns available for purchase.
  • Missed the grad fair and online order period? (Please visit the bookstore during store hours beginning April 17, 2017.)

Important! Required Before Graduation 

  • There is no rehearsal for CLASS Convocation, but each graduate is required to pick up their ‘stage card’ in advance of the ceremony.
  • When: Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • Where: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 320
  • Time: Anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • This ‘stage card’ will serve as your RSVP and ‘entry ticket’ into the graduation line-up area the day of the ceremony.
  • Student ID is required to take receipt of your stage card.
  • You will verify whether all information on your stage card is correct. If not correct, you will make the necessary and legible corrections.
  • Do not bend, fold or lose this card.  You will retain possession of this card until the ceremony.

Senior Celebration hosted by the CLASS Coogs Student Organization

  • CLASS Coogs invite all CLASS undergraduates to decorate their graduation caps!  
  • CLASS Coogs will provide all decorating supplies, food, snacks, and soft drinks free during this event- and a photo booth
  • When: Thursday, May 4, 2017   (This event is optional!)
  • Where: Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Arrive no later than 4 p.m.)

Convocation Timeline:  May 14, 2017

  • 7:30 a.m. Graduates must arrive at ‘Graduate Line-up Area’ located inside the stadium entrance concourse
  • 8:00 a.m. Guest General Admission
  • 8:30 a.m. Degree Candidate Procession Begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Convocation Ceremony Begins
  • 11:30 a.m. Ceremony Concludes

Venue and Parking Information

Guests are urged to familiarize themselves with driving directions to NRG Stadium. Parking is available in the South Kirby (Blue) Lot, Kirby Dr. and South Loop 610. Guests are advised to plan for and expect cash only, per-car parking fees at this event. Please check this site often for event parking updates as they become available. Ceremony attendees should expect to park some distance from the graduation venue and will need to walk to their destinations. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for walking and be prepared for a crowd. To avoid expected traffic, crowds and parking fees, guests are urged to review available public transportation routes to NRG Stadium. Guests are also urged to review all NRG Stadium policies (bag policy, security checkpoint information, emergency procedures, prohibited items, etc.)

Guest Information

  • Guest tickets are not required for this event.  
  • Please allow ample time for travel and parking. Plan for expected heavy traffic and crowds.
  • Guests will enter NRG Stadium at the Amegy Bank entrance.
  • Interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will be included in the ceremony.
  • Audience seating for the ceremony is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
  • It is recommended that guests arrive at least 45 minutes before the ceremony begins in order to be seated by a host.
  • NRG Stadium must be left in the condition in which we found it. Please do not leave any paper or trash in the Stadium.
  • Family and guests of graduates needing accommodations will be assisted by NRG Stadium staff the day of graduation. Please request these services at the front gate (Amegy Bank entrance).

Graduate Information

  • Graduates must arrive at the line-up area dressed in cap and gown no later than 7:30 a.m. for line-up and final instructions.
  • All graduates must be in possession of their ‘stage card’ – Please do not forget to have this card with you.
  • All graduates must enter NRG Stadium at the Amegy Bank entrance.
  • Please allow ample time for travel, parking, and walking to the line-up area. Plan for expected heavy traffic and crowds. 
  • Any graduate requesting special accommodation should contact the CLASS Convocation Team no later than March 31, 2017.
  • Do not bring anything with you (except your ‘stage card’) that would need to be claimed after the ceremony (cameras, bags, purses, etc).
  • NRG Stadium must be left in the condition in which we found it. Please do not leave any paper or trash in the Stadium.

Graduate Attire

  • All graduates must wear academic regalia to participate in the ceremony.
  • The academic cap should be worn straight and pulled down slightly on the forehead.
  • Undergraduates:  The tassel of the cap should be worn on the right. 
  • Graduates should carry nothing in their hands (except a stage card). A copy of the program will be placed on each graduate’s chair.
  • For the safety and security of those attending convocation, no bags will be permitted in the back staging area.

Graduate Instructions:  Entrance, Line-Up, Processional  

  • ENTER through Amegy Bank entrance and proceed down the concourse immediately inside the stadium.
  • FOLLOW signs to ‘Graduate Line-Up’ – the back staging area for line-up by department.   
  • VOLUNTEERS will assist you in lining up and processing into the ceremony. 
  • PROCESSIONAL is your celebratory entrance into the ceremony to pomp and circumstance.
  • WALK two steps directly behind the person in front of you.
  • DO NOT allow large distances to develop between you and the person in front of you.
  • GRADUATES MAY NOT LEAVE the ceremony early. All graduates are expected to stay for the entire ceremony.

Recognition of Graduates and Recessional   

  • Graduates will be recognized starting with doctoral, followed by masters, then bachelors (departmental alphabetical order). 
  • Staff will direct all graduates when to rise and how to proceed to the stage.
  • As you approach the stage, give your stage card to the person collecting the cards.
  • Advance across the stage to shake hands with the Dean of CLASS and/or chairperson of your department.
  • The seat to which you return will not be the same seat you had before crossing the stage, so do not leave any valuables at your seat.
  • Remain seated until all graduates are recognized.  You will not be allowed to leave early.  Be respectful of all participants.
  • Staff will direct all graduates when to exit. Follow the person in front of you when the recessional begins.
  • 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!

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 stadium. We also suggest that family photographers take photos at home and at other locations 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 stage card used during the ceremony. If you do not receive the proofs within 30 days of your convocation, please contact: Flash Photography at 800.410.8070.

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 convocation does not guarantee the degree will be approved. Conferral of degree is contingent upon successful completion of all coursework and degree requirements, regardless of attendance at graduation events. Students are assessed the application fee(s) for each application they submit and for each degree they are seeking.

Before you apply!

  • Please confirm that your major and minor information is listed correctly on myUH prior to submitting your graduation application. (If it is incorrect you should check with your major advisor.)
  • 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

  • Friday, February 24, 2017. $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • Late applications accepted Saturday, February 25, 2017 through Friday, March 24, 2017. Student name will not appear in printed program. $50 non-refundable application fee.

Status of Your Graduation Application

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 (Wednesday, May 10, 2017) 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 (Wednesday, May 10, 2017) 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.

We make every effort to ensure that all graduating students who applied on time (November 4, 2016 to February 24, 2017) are listed in the Convocation program. If you apply for graduation during the LATE application period (February 25, 2017 to March 24, 2017) your name will NOT be listed in the Convocation 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 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.

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 for undergraduates and Master’s. We strongly encourage you to purchase your regalia at the UH Bookstore.

Regalia and regalia item purchases must be made prior to CLASS Convocation. Cap and gown orders may be placed February 17 - March 18, 2017 through Herff Jones or through the UH Bookstore. A cap and gown is a requirement to participate in the convocation ceremony. Students not attired in appropriate regalia will not be allowed to participate in convocation.

Bachelor graduates and candidates

  • Must wear the appropriate black convocation 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 convocation 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 convocation gown and black tam with tassel.
  • Must bring the appropriate hood with you.
  • Please contact the Program Director for Graduate Studies regarding the hooding ceremony process: Anna Marchese, CLASS Graduate Studies Program Director, amarchese@uh.edu

Regalia Colors for All Departments

 

Tassels

Hoods

Baccalaureate

Citron

None

Master

Black

Citron

Doctoral

Gold

Dark blue

Bachelor and Master Candidates Regalia Purchase Prices †

Bachelor Unit (Cap, gown, tassel)

$65.00

Bachelor Gown

$45.00

Master Unit (Cap, gown, tassel, & hood)

$87.00

Master Hood only

$35.00

Master Gown

$60.00

Cap only

$9.25

Key Chain Tassel

$8.25

Tassel only

$8.50

Mega Tassel

$9.25

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)

$140.00

Ph.D. Keeper Hood

$40.00

Ph.D. Rental Gown

$80.00

Ph.D. Keeper Student Tam

$35.00

† 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.

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 $17 donation (perhaps a gift in honor of your class, $20.17) to any CLASS department or program of your choice (perhaps your major?) and wear the cord at convocation to show your Cougar Pride!

Baccalaureate Candidates Graduating with Honors

Once the Spring 2017 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 Beginning Fall 2010 or After

Students graduating with University Requirements (aka: Career requirements or General Requirements) from the 2010 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 the final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.

Where is My Diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed out 6 - 8 weeks after graduation. If you do not receive your diploma, call the Graduation Office at 713-743-1010.

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.

Diplomas are mailed directly to graduates 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 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.

For Questions Not Answered on 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 Spring 2017 CLASS Convocation, please contact: CLASS Undergraduate Convocation Coordinators

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