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Families & Guests

General Information

Graduation is a very special time for both students and their families. Convocations are wonderful ceremonies that are tailored especially for that college and include individual recognition of each student as their names are called and they walk across the stage. In addition to the individual Convocation ceremonies, a University-wide Commencement is held, which is the formal university-wide celebration at which President Renu Khator officially confers degrees upon graduating students. The ceremony features a processional of graduates and faculty, remarks from the President, and a vibrant keynote speaker.

Each convocation ceremony is expected to last 1½ to 2 hours and will be held rain or shine. See the College Convocation schedule for more information pertaining to your student’s college.

The University-wide Commencement will be held 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017, at the TDECU Stadium.

Safety at College Ceremonies

Although the University of Houston does not anticipate any security concerns during the College Convocations or Univeristy-wide Commencement, we will be taking special measures to ensure the safety of everyone who attends our ceremonies.

The following items are prohibited on campus:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs/paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind, including firearms and knives
  • Animals (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities)

The following items will not be allowed at the venues:

  • Aerosol cans (i.e. mace, pepper spray, etc.)
  • Air horns or other distracting noisemakers
  • Balloons or other items, such as Frisbees, beach balls, etc.
  • Fireworks
  • Umbrellas

Security will be screening for these items at the venue. Since UH is a tobacco-free environment, smoking is not permitted inside the UH Basketball Facility or TDECU Stadium. We also respectfully request that all cell phones be silenced during the procession and ceremony. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.