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Graduation Guide Celebrating Your Achievement

The University of Houston recognizes that commencement is a joyous time and an incredible accomplishment to be celebrated by our graduates and their families. UH will immediately begin planning a postponed commencement for spring 2020 graduates as soon as health conditions and guidelines allow.

We will continue to keep our graduates and UH community informed as these plans are developed.

If you have questions, please email

Graduation Brunch and Awards Program

Graduating students are invited to attend a brunch and awards program,

Date: TBA
Time: TBA

University Commencement for the College of Technology

Spring 2020 Virtual Graduation

Application Information

Please review the detailed information about requirements for graduating.

Arrival Time & Location

Graduate Check In
Athletic/Alumni Center Lobby (arrive no later than 4:30 PM)

Undergraduate Line-up
Athletic/Alumni Center (arrive no later than 4:30 PM)

Master’s student Line-up
Athletic/Alumni Center (arrive no later than 4:30 PM)

Commencement Marshals
(Fertitta Center, arrive no later than 4:30 PM)

Faculty Line-up
Athletic/Alumni Center-Life (arrive no later than 5:00 PM)

Fertitta Center, Clear Bag Policy

Fertitta Center enforces a clear bag policy to ensure safety for guests. Items such as backpacks, purses and diaper bags are not permitted, and guests are strongly encouraged to not bring any bags to the facility.

Clear Bag Policy

The following items will be allowed inside Fertitta Center events:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches
  • 1-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar)
  • A small clutch purse no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap (These small clutches remain subject to search)

University Commencement Duration

The program itself will be approximately 2½ hours long.

Academic Regalia

Prices for UH Custom Student Keeper Gown Unit

  • Bachelor Unit (Cap, gown, tassel*) $74.00 + Tax
  • Master Unit (Cap, gown, tassel*, & hood**) $105.00 + Tax
  • Honor Cords $14.50 + Tax (for Bachelor candidates only)
  • Gratitude Stole $30.00 + Tax

*Bachelor tassels are maroon and Master tassels are black.
**Master Hoods are maroon.
Bookstore Graduation Website:

Returning Regalia

Students do not need to return regalia back to the bookstore. The regalia is yours to keep.

Invitations and Announcements

Students can order their personalized invitations from The Herff Jones Company online at

If you have any questions regarding graduation regalia and/or graduation invitations, please call the UH Bookstore at 713-748-0923.


Undergraduates who are graduating with honors may purchase Honors Cords from the University Bookstore for approximately $14.50 plus tax. You do not need to take any verification of Honors awards to purchase the cords. (We are very sorry, but graduate students are not eligible for Honors.) The bookstore will have a verification list to check for honors.


Students to whom the Fall 2010 catalog applies should refer to the following Honors policy:

Undergraduate students who complete their 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.

Honors Grade Point Averages

3.90 to 4.0 - Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

3.70 to 3.89 - Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)

3.50 to 3.69 - Cum Laude (with honors)

Cougar Spirit Cords and Cougar Grad Challenge

The Cougar Spirit Cord is a red and white honor cord that graduating Coogs wear at the university commencement. It demonstrates your pride and support for your university.

With a gift of $15 or more, you'll earn a Cougar Spirit Cord to wear at graduation. A symbol of your pride, gratitude, and a way to show support for a program that's made a difference in your UH experience, your Cougar Spirit Cord is also a way of leaving a legacy for students who will be returning to UH next semester. Beat the rush, make your gift here today.

The College of Technology has won two awards for the Cougar Grad Challenge:

  • Spring 2013-Most Spirited College for the Cougar Grad Challenge
  • Fall 2013-Third Highest Participation Rate for the Cougar Grad Challenge


No tickets required. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.


Students should park in Lot 16B. Please enter lot 16B from Elgin. Guests of the graduates can park in the Stadium Parking Garage. Please enter Holman Street off of Scott Street. Parking is free in the parking garage. (Parking map)

Name Cards

While you are in your department line, you will receive a graduation name card (mentioned above) on which you clearly print the phonetic spelling of your name. Hold your card until your turn on stage. Your name will be read from this card as you cross the stage.

Master graduates will wear their hoods for the processional.


Flash Photography will be the official photographer for our ceremony will be taking individual photos during the ceremony. Flash Photography will send the 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, please contact Flash Photography at 800.410.8070.

Special Needs

Registered CSD Students needing any additional services or have special requests must notify at least 2 WEEKS prior to their scheduled university commencement.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact College of Technology Advising at