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University Commencement Traditions

Here is your guide to the significance of the University of Houston Commencement traditions.

Commencement at the University of Houston is comprised of two coordinated ceremonies: University Commencement and College Convocation. For the complete commencement experience, graduates and their families are encouraged to attend both ceremonies.

University Commencement

University Commencement launches a new tradition at the University of Houston. It is pomp. It is pageantry. It is impressive and spectacular. It is joy and pride for your family, and it is precedent-setting for generations to follow.

Held at TDECU Stadium, University Commencement 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. University Commencement is an event not to be missed for students, families, and friends.

College Convocation

College Convocation is personal and meaningful. It is a shared celebration with faculty and friends who have shaped your education. College Convocation is a smaller-setting opportunity that reflects the flavor and traditions of each college. Your family and friends are welcome to this individual college ceremony, which highlights the Dean and faculty, and allows you to hear your name called as you walk across the stage to receive your accolades.


Graduation is the three-step process of completion of a degree, including:

  1. submitting an online application for graduation by logging in to myUH.
  2. completing all academic requirements for your degree, and
  3. satisfying all financial obligations.

Your degree becomes official when it is posted to your transcript rather than by your participation in commencement or convocation ceremonies.

It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the close of the term for colleges to review graduation applications and submit their decisions to the Registrar’s office for processing. Diplomas are ordered once a student has been approved and a degree officially conferred and posted.

Diplomas are mailed directly to students at the most current address provided through their myUH student account. The diploma printing company also will send email notifications to diploma recipients indicating when diplomas have been mailed. Graduates are advised to confirm their contact information in myUH to avoid shipment delays.