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University Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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  • ATTENTION: All current and future CLASS Summer Graduation Candidates

    There are no summer commencement events.  

    In which CLASS Commencement are summer graduate candidates eligible to participate? Spring commencement events only.

    Overview: CLASS holds two commencement events each year – end of the spring semester, end of the fall semester.

    CLASS Spring Commencement is for all spring and summer graduation candidates.

    • Summer grad candidates participate in spring commencement before all degree requirements are satisfied.
    • Planning should include securing regalia at the spring grad fair, before the summer grad application opens (April).
    • Summer grad candidates are not allowed to participate in CLASS fall commencement ceremonies.

    CLASS Fall Commencement is for all fall graduation candidates.

    • Summer graduation candidates are not allowed to participate in fall commencement.
    • Grad candidates completing the fall application for graduation are eligible to participate in the fall ceremony.
    • Fall grad candidates are not allowed to participate in CLASS spring commencement ceremonies.

Fall 2021 University Commencement

University Commencement Ceremony
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Date:  Friday, December 17, 2021
Time, Location:  9 a.m. at the Fertitta Center

Grad Arrival Time & Procession:
7:30 a.m. Grad Arrival Time, Athletic-Alumni Center
8:30 a.m. Grad Procession Begins, Athletic Center to Fertitta Center

Grad and Guest Garage Parking      Fertitta Center Clear Bag Policy

Fall 2021 University Commencement ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will include all Fall 2021 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree candidates.

At University Commencement for CLASS, all graduation candidates will be individually recognized on stage and have their names announced. 

Guest Tickets Required

Guest tickets will be required for all University Commencement ceremonies. All ticket information can be found at https://uh.edu/commencement/.

Each graduate will be e-mailed a link to download six (6) electronic guest tickets.

Stage Page

Mandatory: Each grad must also arrive at the event with their own Stage Page. This page will be e-mailed to each grad Friday, December 3, 2021. Open the e-mail, read instructions and print the attached Stage Page. You must have this Stage Page with you at the ceremony. As you arrive on stage you will hand this paper to the reader who will announce your name.

Bring this Stage Page to the ceremony (an image on your phone DOES NOT take the place of this actual page). Retain this Stage Page all during line-up, all during the ceremony and bring it with you as you advance to the stage for your big moment!

Where to Find All Commencement Updates


  • What is the deadline to apply for Fall 2021 graduation?

    The regular filing period for Fall 2021 graduation is April 2 – October 8, 2021. Only those students who apply for graduation by October 8, 2021 will have their names included in any printed commencement booklet. The deadline for late filing is October 29, 2021.

  • University of Houston Graduation Fair

    When should Fall 2021 graduation candidates order caps and gowns?  Do grads need to purchase a cap and gown? 

    Yes. Graduation candidates wishing to participate in commencement ceremonies must wear regalia. 

  • When will the Fall 2021 Graduation Fair be held?

    Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m., UH Campus Store at Student Center)

  • Are online purchases also available?

    Yes, the Herff Jones website is live and graduation candidates are able to order regalia now.

      • Last day to order online is Nov. 21, 2021
      • Orders will be shipped directly to you
      • Anyone missing the order deadline should purchase directly from the UH Campus Store.
      • https://hjgradwalk.com/uh/ 

    Questions? Contact the UH Bookstore at campusstore@uh.edu or call 713.741.7095. 

  • 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
    • Letters should include a deadline for documentation of degree conferral and 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.

  • Photographs

    Flash Photography is the official photographer for the University of Houston commencement ceremonies. After the ceremony, Flash Photography will send proofs to you so that you can decide if you want to order prints. The photographer will already have your mailing address. If you do not receive the proofs within 30 days of your commencement, contact Flash Photography at 800-410-8070.

  • Status of Your Graduation Application

    When an application to graduate is submitted, your major advisor will receive notification. This advisor will begin to collect documents 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 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, 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, 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.

  • Printed University Commencement Program

    We make every effort to ensure all graduating students who applied on time are listed in the commencement program. Only Fall graduation candidates who apply to graduate April 2 - October 8, 2021 will have their names included in the 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.
  • 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 $20.21 donation (a gift in honor of your class, 2021) 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?

    It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the close of the term for colleges to review graduation applications and submit their decisions to the registrar’s office for processing. Diplomas are ordered once students have been approved and degrees officially conferred and posted.

    Your diploma will be mailed directly to you at the most current address provided through your myUH student account. The diploma printing company also will send email notifications to you indicating when your diploma has been mailed. It’s important to keep contact information updated in myUH to avoid shipment delays.

  • 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: CLASS Undergraduate Commencement.

    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.

  • Guest Tickets Required

    Tickets are required for guests. Ticket distribution details will be available mid-November. Grads will receive ticket information via the e-mail provided on the graduation application.

  • Stage Page

    Mandatory: Each grad must also arrive at the event with their own Stage Page. This page will be e-mailed to each grad Friday, December 3, 2021. Open the e-mail, read instructions and print the attached Stage Page. You must have this Stage Page with you at the ceremony. As you arrive on stage you will hand this paper to the reader who will announce your name.

    Bring this Stage Page to the ceremony (an image on your phone DOES NOT take the place of this actual page). Retain this Stage Page all during line-up, all during the ceremony and bring it with you as you advance to the stage for your big moment!

  • Ceremony Live Stream

    For those unable to attend this event, the live stream link will be accessible one hour prior to the ceremony.