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Graduation Guide

The Graduate College of Social Work holds one Convocation Ceremony in May of each year. This ceremony individually recognizes and honors the prior December graduates and the May and August graduation candidates from the current year. A student can finalize and receive their degree in any semester and then participate in the annual ceremony in May.

In addition, this year the University of Houston has a tradition of hosting a University-wide Commencement in May.  GCSW students are also encouraged to attend this event where we will be recognized as a college and degrees will be conferred. 


Convocation Ceremony

The faculty and staff of the Graduate College of Social Work are proud to invite you, your family, and guests to attend the May GCSW Convocation recognizing all December, May, and August MSW and PhD graduates. The ceremony is typically 2 hours in length. The ceremony is only for GCSW graduates and their guests. Cullen Performance Hall seating will be available approximately one hour prior to the ceremony time. There is not a per graduate guest limit. The seating is first-come first-serve on the day of the ceremony. It is recommended that your group arrives together to ensure seating near each other. 

May 2018 - Date to be determined
Cullen Performance Hall

University Commencement 

Also, please plan to represent the GCSW at the University Commencement.

May 2018 - Date to be determined
TDECU Stadium

Mandatory Rehearsal

In order to walk in the May ceremonies students must attend the mandatory rehearsal in the Cullen Performance Hall. The rehearsal generally runs from one hour to an hour and a half. Walk Cards will be reviewed at rehearsal. You will find out critical details about the ceremony at rehearsal.

May 2018 - Date to be determined
Cullen Performance Hall

Regalia & Announcement Ordering Information

For regalia and announcements, see The UH Bookstore will also have caps and gowns for purchase beginning mid-April. 

Returning Regalia

Students do not need to return regalia back to the bookstore. The regalia is yours to keep. However, if you'd like to donate your cap and gown for the next class, we will have a collection box at the reception.


Registered CSD Students needing any additional services or have special requests must notify the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) at least 2 WEEKS prior to their scheduled commencement ceremony. Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) can be reached at (713) 743-5400 or for any additional assistance and/or specific questions.

Non CSD Registered graduates, parents and guests needing any additional services or have special needs will need to contact the commencement coordinators within their college no later than 2 weeks prior to their scheduled ceremony for any additional assistance or requests. For the Graduate College of Social Work, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at 713-743-8075.


Family and friends should feel free to bring cameras and video recorders and take as many pictures as they desire. They may not stand in the aisles during the ceremony. We also suggest that family photographers take photos at home and at other locations on campus prior to or after the ceremony. 

There will be a professional photographer present at the ceremony to take your picture as you are crossing the stage, as you exit the stage, and as a group. You will be able to order pictures from the photographer directly. You will receive this information at the Mandatory Rehearsal.


December, May and August graduates will receive their diploma in the mail once your degree has been approved, conferred and posted. Diplomas are mailed directly to you at the most current address provided through your myUH account.

To check the order and shipment status of your diploma, you may visit: Please keep in mind that diploma shipment information is updated weekly.  The Registrar’s Office asks that you please allow approximately 3 weeks from final approval for the printing and shipment of your diploma.  As a courtesy, you should receive a diploma shipment notification from the Registrar’s Office, to the email address indicated on your graduation application, once your diploma has been shipped.


Graduating students and their guests are invited to a reception which will be held directly following the GCSW convocation in May 2018 at the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd floor of the M.D. Anderson Library.