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University Commencement

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020

The University of Houston will confer degrees in a virtual University-Wide Commencement ceremony Thursday, December 17, which includes Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Winter 2020 graduates. 

We acknowledge the disappointment and dissatisfaction that the postponement of an in-person commencement ceremony has caused our graduates this year. We are committed to inviting back graduates to a future, in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so.

Please continue to check the university commencement website, www.uh.edu/commencement for the most current information.

University-Wide Commencement Ceremony, Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7 pm
A virtual ceremony for all UH Spring and Summer 2020 graduates and all Fall 2020 graduation candidates.
Features individual recognition of all 2020 graduates. Invite friends and family to see your name and hear your named announced during the ceremony!

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Celebration, Saturday, December 19, 2020, 3 - 5 pm
A virtual celebration for all CLASS Fall 2020 graduation candidates.
Features congratulatory messages from Dean O'Connor and Chairpersons from each CLASS Department. A list of all graduation candidates will be featured by department.

Fertitta Center

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Fall 2020

 

The University Commencement ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will include all Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree candidates and graduates. The entire Cougar community is invited to gather virtually and celebrate with the graduating classes 2020.

  • Graduation Application for Fall 2020 Candidates

    Apply via myUH April 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020 (nonrefundable fee $25 per degree). Late applications are accepted October 3 to October 30, 2020 (nonrefundable fee of $50 per degree).

    • Who should use the Fall 2020 graduation application?  
      • Only those students who will complete all remaining degree requirements by the end of the Fall 2020 semester. 
    • What happens if I miss the graduation application deadline?
      • Students who miss the deadline typically need to apply in the next term. 
      • Exceptions are considered for students who document job or program acceptance pending degree confirmation.
        • Required: Job offer letter, grad school acceptance letter, program acceptance letter 
        • Include deadline for documentation of degree conferral, contact information for the employer or program (may be received via e-mail) 
      • Students with these circumstances should provide the documentation to their major advisor 
      • The major advisor will first verify the student is eligible for graduation for the current term 
      • If eligible for current term graduation and documentation is provided of pending program/job, the student may submit a general petition to the major advisor requesting late application approval.
  • Texas Tuition Rebate

    There is a financial incentive for graduating in 4 years! The University of Houston offers a tuition rebate of $1,000 to undergraduate students who graduate having met the requirements for eligibility. Eligible students are Texas residents who attempt no more than three semester hours in excess of the minimum number required for their first baccalaureate degree. Students must graduate within four calendar years for four-year degrees. Please visit the Texas Tuition Rebate page to see if you qualify.

  • Status of Your Graduation Application

    When you submit an application to graduate, your primary major advisor will receive notification. This advisor will begin to collect all documents, petitions, etc. related to your degree progress and make a preliminary recommendation for degree conferral. If your graduation is contingent on completing any coursework, you must first successfully complete those requirements before a decision can be made. If there are any other outstanding items that your primary major advisor is aware of and has already communicated with you about, these items will also need to be completed before a preliminary recommendation for degree conferral can be made. 

    Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree. 

  • Conditions that Warrant Immediate Disapproval

    If there are requirements for your degree completion that will not be met by currently enrolled courses and your major advisor is not already aware of these outstanding items, your application could be disapproved before the end of the semester that you have applied to graduate. A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your e-mail address listed on your record. You will then need to work with your major advisor to complete any remaining requirements and apply for graduation again in the next feasible semester. 

    Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree.

  • Approval Process

    Once the semester officially closes and all grades are posted (last day to submit grades is 72 hours after the close of the semester), a final recommendation will be made by your major advisor and the college Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs will begin their final review for degree conferral. 

    If you have successfully completed all requirements of your degree program, your application will be approved by CLASS and then sent to UH with final recommendation for degree conferral. After UH has completed their review and has determined that all degree requirements have been satisfied, a final approval decision will be made and posted to your record. A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your e-mail address listed on your record.

  • Disapproval Process

    Once the semester officially closes and all grades are posted (last day to submit grades is 72 hours after the close of the semester), a final recommendation will be made by your major advisor and the college Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs will begin their final review for degree conferral. 

    If you have not successfully completed all pending requirements by that date, your application will be disapproved. A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your e-mail address listed on your record. You will then need to work with your major advisor to complete any remaining requirements and apply for graduation again in the next feasible semester.

  • Academic Regalia

    Official UH Regalia (traditional black mortarboard cap and gown) may be purchased through Herff Jones or through the UH Campus Store but is not necessary to participate in virtual ceremonies.

  • Cougar Spirit Cord

    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. Consider making a $20 donation (a gift in honor of your class, 2020) to any CLASS department or program of your choice and wear the cord at commencement to show your Cougar Pride!

  • Baccalaureate Candidates Graduating with Honors

    Once the current semester has officially closed and all grades have been posted, your honors status will be updated accordingly and will be engraved on your diploma. Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College may graduate with special honors designations. See your advisor in the Honors College for more information. 

    Undergraduate students who complete 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. The honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of the final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.

  • Honors Designations:

    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)

  • Where is My Diploma?

    Diplomas will be mailed out 6-8 weeks after the close of your final semester. 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 have a job offer for which your degree is required, you may request your degree processing be expedited. 
    To do so, you must supply documentation of urgent need to your major 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 graduates at the most current address provided through their myUH student account. The diploma printing company will send e-mail notifications to diploma recipients indicating when diplomas have been mailed. Keep contact information updated in myUH to avoid shipment delays. 

    There is a $25 fee for each additional diploma ordered (postmark by received on or after this date). This fee does not apply to the initial diploma mailed upon graduation, but applies to additional quantities requested via the diploma order form (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 on 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. For all other event-related questions, please contact: jamayer@central.uh.edu

    Graduate Students - Master and PhD students who have questions about the ceremony and degree conferral process are asked to e-mail Anna Marchese, CLASS Graduate Studies Program Director, amarchese@uh.edu