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Spring 2020 University Commencement

Spring 2018 MPP Graduates



The Hobby School will be hosting our Spring 2020 University Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the UH M.D. Anderson Library's Elizabeth Rockwell Pavilion. This ceremony will last for about an hour with a reception immediately following the event.

The following are some FAQs about the University Commencement ceremony:

How do I apply to graduate?

Log into AccessUH, click on the “Advising” icon, and then “Apply to graduate.” Your application to graduate has nothing to do with walking in the University Commencement ceremony.

The deadline for the regular filing period to apply for Spring 2020 graduation is Friday, February 21. The graduation application fee is $25 and non-refundable. If you wait until after this date, the price increases to $50, and you also run the risk of not applying in time.

What is a University Commencement ceremony?

University Commencement is the graduation ceremony for the Hobby School’s Master of Public Policy students, and designed to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students.

When is the University Commencement ceremony?

The University Commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, May 9 and begin at 9:00 a.m. Students will need to arrive at 8:00 a.m. to review the University Commencement procedures. The ceremony will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Where is the University Commencement ceremony?

The University Commencement ceremony will take place on campus in the UH M.D. Anderson Library's Elizabeth Rockwell Pavilion on the Second Floor. The address is 4333 University Drive.

Where do University Commencement attendees park?

University Commencement attendees are encouraged to park in the Welcome Center Parking Garage directly across from the UH Hilton. The address for the Welcome Center Parking Garage is 4400 University Drive.

For more information about parking, visit the Visitor Parking page.

Are students required to attend the University Commencement ceremony?

No. While students are highly encouraged to attend, they are not required. However, all students need to confirm with the Hobby School by Monday, April 13 if they are going to attend or not.

The Hobby School will send out an e-mail asking graduating students if you are planning to attend the University Commencement and what information we need from you for your name card and other University Commencement-related items, such as number of expected guests.

Will there be a professional photographer at the University Commencement ceremony?

Family and friends should feel free to bring cameras and take as many pictures and videos 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.

A professional photographer might be present at the ceremony, and students will be able to order pictures from the photographer directly. When this is confirmed, there will be additional details released.

Will the University Commencement ceremony be live streamed?

Yes. In order to view the live stream of the event, go to the Hobby School's Graduation Live Streams page.

Will there be a University Commencement reception or other activities?

Yes. The reception will take place immediately following the University Commencement in the library. Food and drinks will be provided. The reception is scheduled to end at 11:30 a.m.

In addition, there will also be a University Commencement rehearsal, for which the date will be determined soon, sometime during the week prior to University Commencement. While attendance is not mandatory for the rehearsal, it is recommended.

How do I order University Commencement regalia and other essentials for graduation?

These items can be ordered online via the Herff Jones commencement vendor. The deadline is Monday, March 9. In addition, these items can be purchased directly at the UH Bookstore. The Hobby School will provide students with the appropriate colored hood and tassel if there were other colors of these items purchased.

When will I receive my diploma and what name will appear?

Diplomas take approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the close of the semester for colleges to review graduation applications and submit their decisions to the Office of the University Registrar for processing. Diplomas are ordered once a student has been approved and a degree officially conferred and posted.

Diplomas are mailed directly to students at the most current address provided via AccessUH. The diploma printing company also will send e-mail notifications to diploma recipients indicating when diplomas have been mailed.

University records of a name for diplomas are based upon applications for admission. Subsequent name changes, along with copies of documentation, should be promptly reported to the Office of the University Registrar.

For more information about diplomas, visit the Office of the University Registrar page.