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Graduation Guide Celebrating Your Achievement

University Commencement for the class of 2020 for College of Technology, College of Education & The Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management

Thursday August 12, 2021
Fertitta Center
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Application Information

Please review the detailed information about the requirements for graduating.

Arrival Time & Location

Please enter through the Legends Club entrance off the Holman Street
5:30 PM 

University Commencement Duration

The program itself will be approximately 1½ hours long.

Academic Regalia

Regalia can be purchased through the Herff Jones Website. Students do not need to return regalia back to the bookstore; it is yours to keep. For any questions about regalia, please contact the UH Campus Store at 713-741-7095 or

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



Please click here for information about ticketing and to claim your tickets:

Ticket Usage Policy

Tickets will be required for to attend the ceremony. All graduates will be allotted up to four (4) tickets for their guests. The ceremony will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

All children ages 3 and older must have a ticket. No outside food or drinks are allowed in events hosted by, or venues operated by, the University of Houston Department of Athletics.  The University of Houston is not responsible for lost, stolen, or destroyed tickets.  Tickets obtained from unofficial or unauthorized sources, including but not limited to; ticket brokers, fraudulent, lost, stolen or duplicated tickets may be seized and/or canceled without refund.

To ensure a more contact-free and convenient fan entry experience, UH Athletics is moving to a fully integrated digital mobile ticketing platform. Fans will be able to download their ticket to their mobile device and place them in their digital wallet for safe contactless scanning at the gates. For more information, click here

The ticket holder, by attending the event, voluntarily assumes all risks and dangers incidental to the event he or she is attending, whether occurring prior to or subsequent to the actual event. This ticket is a revocable limited license to attend a specific athletic event.  The University of Houston may in its sole discretion revoke this license and eject or refuse entry to the ticket holder for violation of terms and conditions noted herein, venue rules, illegal activity or misconduct.  The ticket holder consents to all searches of person or property as a condition of entry and to confiscation of any and all prohibited items.  Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice or any right of refund.

The ticket holder, by attending the event, grants the University of Houston, for the benefit of its Athletic Department, a non-exclusive, transferrable, perpetual and permanent right and license to use (and to sub-license the use of) his or her name and likeness if it is included in any broadcast, photograph, recording or display in any form of media of or relating to the event he or she is attending. 

There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets.  No re-entry into events hosted by, or venues operated by, the University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics allowed.

For specific information regarding the ticket policy, please call the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713.Go.Coogs (462-6647).  



Parking Information & Map
Due to the fact that we use faculty/staff and student parking on game day and many games are weekday games, parking lots will be available 90 minutes prior to tipoff. In the event a parking space in your lot is unavailable, UH parking representatives will relocate you to the best alternative parking option until the situation is resolved.

To provide a safer and more touchless environment fans are encouraged to pre-purchase cash parking passes for all Saturday home games. Go to to purchase your cash parking pass in advance of arriving on campus. Passes can be downloaded onto your mobile phone or by printing them at home. The pass will grant you admittance into the stadium garage faculty entrance.

Cash parking for Men’s games is available in the faculty/staff entrance of the stadium garage, for $20.  Cash parking for Women’s games is available in the student entrance of the stadium garage for $10.
For complete game day parking information, please click here.

*Doors will be opened at 5:50 pm for guests with disabilities.

Accessibility Guide

The University of Houston Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to guests with disabilities. The Fertitta Center is designed with ADA accessible parking, restrooms, concessions, ATMs and seating areas. For more information, fans can call the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713.Go.Coogs (462-6647).

All public entrances are ADA accessible.
Seating Areas
The Fertitta Center has ADA accessible seating in Sections 103, 107, 110, 111, 115, 116, 117 and in the Sideline Club.
Handicap Parking - Stadium Garage (Visitor Entrance)
Handicap parking for the Commencement is available on the first level (visitor entrance) of the Stadium parking garage.  Entry into the garage requires a valid ADA compliant handicap license plate or hangtag. The charge to park on this level is $20 unless you have a Men’s Basketball parking pass from Cougar Pride in any donor lot, in which case entry is free with both the parking pass and valid ADA hangtag. Enter off Holman Street. You can access Holman Street from Scott Street or Cullen Boulevard.

The Fertitta Center is located on the campus of the University of Houston at 3422 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77204.  It is located on the corner Cullen Boulevard and Holman Street, next to the Guy V. Lewis Development Facility. 

An ATM is located inside the Fertitta Center on the concourse level behind section 104. 

Baby changing stations are located in every restroom in the arena.  Restrooms are located behind sections 101, 105, 107, 109, 111, 117, and 119.

In an effort to provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into the arena, the University of Houston Athletics Department will follow its Clear Bag policy for the upcoming basketball season, and all events inside of the Fertitta Center.

The UH Clear Bag Policy strictly limits the size and types of bags that are permitted into the Fertitta Center.  Items such as backpacks, purses and diaper bags are not permitted.  Fans are strongly encouraged not to bring any bags. However the following will be permitted.

For more information, please visit 

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