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When is the ceremony? Where is the ceremony?

Please refer to the Graduation Details on the left column of this page.

What should I wear under my robe?

We ask that graduates wear dress shoes, no tennis; dresses, skirts and dress pants for ladies and slacks for men. No jeans please. Your attire should reflect the auspicious nature of the occasion.

What color gown, hood and tassel should I have?

Bachelor’s Degree – Black gown, Light Blue Tassel
Master’s Degree – Black gown, Light Blue Hood, Black Tassel
Doctor of Education – Black gown, Light Blue Hood, Red Tassel
Doctor of Philosophy – Black gown, Dark Blue Hood, Red Tassel

What do I do with my rented cap and gown after the ceremony?

The UH Bookstore will have representatives posted in the line-up area and on the concourse of the pavilion to receive your regalia.

How long is the ceremony?

We tell students to prepare for at least a 2½ hour program.

How do I get my pictures from the photographer?

Contact Flash Photography: 800-410-8070.

What do I do with my belongings – purse, coat, hangers, etc.?

We ask that graduates leave all personal items in your car or with guests. We have no secure place to store these and will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

What if I want to leave before the ceremony is over?

We do not allow graduates to leave the floor before the ceremony is over. We want to preserve the dignity of the program and don't want to distract others.

How do I know if I am graduating with honors?

One of two different honors policies may impact you depending on when you began at UH and whether you have interrupted your enrollment for thirteen months or longer.  

Students who follow an undergraduate catalog year prior to Fall 2010 should refer to the following Honors policy:

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 Grade Point Averages
3.75 to 4.0 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
3.50 to 3.74 Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
3.25 to 3.49 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.

Students to whom the Fall 2010 catalog applies should refer to the following Honors policy:

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

If you began on a catalog prior to Fall 2010 and would like to use the new policy, you should contact you advisor to petition to be considered for this exception. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about which catalog applies to you.

I completed my program in Summer, can I walk in the December ceremony?

Yes, the December ceremony is for our Summer and Fall graduates.

Will I get confirmation of my RSVP?

No confirmation of your RSVP will be sent.

How can I stay connected to my College of Education and the University of Houston?

Learn more about the UH Alumni Association.

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