Graduation

Commencement is the ceremony that acknowledges publicly the awarding of a degree. The Graduate College of Social Work holds one Commencement Ceremony in May of each year. This ceremony 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 graduation ceremony in May.

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 Commencement recognizing all December, May, and August MSW and PhD graduates. The GCSW Commencement for May 2014 is scheduled for May 9 at 1:00pm. 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.

Mandatory Rehearsal

In order to walk in the May ceremony 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.

Regalia & Announcement Ordering Information

Academic regalia (the traditional black gown and black mortarboard) are required for all graduates. The University of Houston has selected Official UH Regalia, we strongly encourage you to purchase your regalia at the UH Bookstore or through www.herffjones.com. Masters and Doctoral candidates will be hooded during the Commencement ceremony.

Purchase directly from the UH Bookstore or www.herffjones.com.

Pre-Order Web Dates: Feb. 18 - March 28
Bookstore Graduation Fair:  Feb. 25 - Feb. 28
Regailia Needed:  Master Unit: Cap, Gown, Tassal, Hood
Optional Items: 

Gratitude Stole: (Red stole with UH emblem)
Honor Cord (Do not order. They will be provided) 

Distribution Begins:  Late April through Graduation Day

The UH Bookstore releases information regarding graduation regalia and is the location you will pick-up your order. You can also purchase announcements, rings and diploma frames at the UH Bookstore or through www.herffjones.com.

Accommodations

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 http://www.uh.edu/csd/ 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 Jamie Parker at 713-743-9658.

Photography

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.

Diplomas

December 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.   

May graduates who have all grades posted and have no pending degree issues will be given their diploma as they walk across the stage. Those that do not participate in the ceremony or have pending issues have the option to pick-up their diploma from the Office of Student Affairs or to have it mailed.

To check the order and shipment status of your diploma, you may visit:  www.michaelsutter.com/UH. 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.