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University Commencement for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts will include all spring 2018 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates. Families and friends are encouraged to attend on May 11, 2018.

Keynote Speaker 2018

Friends of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts:

It is my pleasure to announce John Abodeely, Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Arts Alliance, as the keynote speaker for the spring 2018 University Commencement exercises of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

John Abodeely joined the HAA as CEO in November, 2017. He offers an extensive background in the arts and arts education policy, and he is dedicated to developing the HAA’s service to Houston’s arts community. John has taught education policy at the graduate level and has served on numerous non-profit boards and review panels. Before coming to Houston, John was most recently the Acting Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is a graduate of Amherst College, in Biology and Fine Arts, and holds an MBA from John Hopkins University.

John brings a compelling message on the arts, arts access, and the importance of a healthy arts ecosystem in the modern American city. The University Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the Cullen Performance Hall on the University of Houston campus. For detailed information, including how to reserve free tickets when they become available, please You may also contact Fallon Noel, at, with questions.

I hope you can join us on May 11!

Andrew Davis

John Abodeely
Chief Executive Officer


May 11, 2018

12:30 p.m.   |  Early Admission Mobility-impaired guests
1:00 p.m.     |  Guest General Admission — Doors open 
12:30 p.m.   |  Degree candidates line up in the lobby of the E. Cullen building
2 p.m.          |  University Commencement ceremony begins

Live Streaming

Guest Information

When inviting guests, please be advised of the following:

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets are required for this event. ALL tickets are considered to be general admission tickets despite the seat assignments.  Please ignore the assigned seats on your tickets.  Students may pick up their tickets at the front desk of their designated school.

Cullen Performance Hall

  • Doors will open one hour before the ceremony.
    • University Commencement for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts starts at 2:00 p.m. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for seating.
  • If necessary, 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 Cullen Performance Hall will close if maximum capacity is reached. This decision is made by the UH Fire Marshall and not the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.


There will be free parking on level 3 or higher in the Welcome Center garage (located next to the Hilton hotel).

*Because of limited parking availability on campus, commencement attendees should be prepared to walk across campus to their destinations. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for walking.

Guests with Mobility Impairments

Special seating is available, but limited. Please plan to arrive early. Cullen Performance Hall doors will open at 12:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled opening time, for guests with mobility impairment so they may be comfortably seated. Please email Fallon Noel at no later than May 1, 2018 to reserve space for mobility-impaired students and/or guests.

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.


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 from 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.

Graduation Candidates

Applying to Graduate

Students must apply for graduation on myUH to be considered for the degree. Applying for graduation and/or participating in commencement 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.

Printed University Commencement Program

We make every effort to ensure that all graduating students who applied on time are listed in the Commencement program.

If you apply for graduation during the LATE application period your name MAY NOT be listed in the Commencement program.

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 degrees candidates. We strongly encourage you to purchase your regalia at the UH Bookstore and the deadline is March 12.

Important: Regalia and regalia item purchases must be made prior to Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Commencement. Cap and gown orders may be placed through Herff Jones or through the UH Bookstore. Deadline dates will be announced soon. A cap and gown is a requirement to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students not attired in appropriate regalia will not be allowed to participate in commencement.

Bachelor graduates and candidates

  • Must wear the appropriate black commencement gown and black mortarboard cap with Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts 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 Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts 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.
  • Please contact Stacia Morgan Dunn at regarding the hooding ceremony process.
Regalia Colors for All Departments
  Tassels Hoods
Baccalaureate Brown None
Master (Art, Arts Leadership, Theatre & Dance) Black Brown
Master (Music) Black Pink
Doctoral Red Pink
Bachelor and Master Candidates Regalia Purchase Prices
Item Cost
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 †
Item Cost
Doctoral custom rental unit (Rental gown, keeper hood, tam, & tassel) $140.00
Doctoral Keeper Hood $40.00
Doctoral Rental Gown $80.00
Doctoral Keeper Student Tam $35.00

† Prices do not include sales tax.

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


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 $16 donation (perhaps a gift in honor of your Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Commencement, $20.17) to any Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Commencement department or program of your choice (perhaps your major?) and wear the cord at commencement to show your Cougar Pride!

Mobility Impaired Student and/or Guests

Students and/or guests needing any services or have special requests for Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Commencement must notify Fallon Noel at by May 1, 2018.  

What to Expect on Commencement Day

Arrive: Graduation candidates should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. dressed in cap and gown in order to assemble into degree groups and to receive final instructions. Note: If you are late, there is no guarantee that you will walk across the stage.

University Commencement for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Ceremony

  • University Commencement for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Ceremony starts at 2:00 p.m.
  • Processional line-up starts at 1:30 p.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: Cullen Performance Hall (ceremony), lobby of E. Cullen Building (line up)

Name Cards:  Upon entering room, report to the table identified with your major/department to pick up your graduation walk card. Do not lose this card – you will need to present this card during the ceremony before walking across the stage!

Recognition of Graduates and Candidates: Recognition will proceed in department alphabetical order. Each graduate will be announced starting with Doctoral, then Master’s, then Bachelor’s.

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 Dean of Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Commencement and chairperson of your department.
  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 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!

Baccalaureate Candidates Graduating with Honors

Once the spring 2018 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 Commencement 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 Commencement 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
GPA Range Honors Designation
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.

Where is my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed out 6 to 8 weeks after graduation. Diplomas will not be mailed to students who have an overdue financial balance on their UH account.  All balances must be paid in full before the diploma will be mailed to the student. 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 students 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 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 University Commencement for the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, please contact:

Fallon NoelCommencement Coordinator,

Graduate Students

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

Stacia Morgan Dunn, Academic Advisor II,