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University Commencement

University Commencement

Starting May 2018, the University Commencement ceremonies will carry the title "University Commencement" but also identifying individual participating colleges. With the expanding number of graduates at each ceremony, nothing is more important than allowing each student to walk across the stage and be individually recognized by name among the applause of his or her family and friends.


Virtual Spring 2020 Graduation Celebration (Updated 4/21/20)

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The UH Cullen College of Engineering will be hosting a virtual Spring Graduation Celebration on May 7 at 2pm to honor our graduates. The virtual celebration will consist of a Facebook LIVE video aired on the College's official Facebook page (@UHEngineering). This video will include shout outs from our graduating students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college, along with highlights and photos from the last year. Facebook's LIVE feature will allow individuals to engage with the video by commenting and "reacting" in real time with the Cullen College community. We also highly encourage "viewing parties" wherein groups watch the live stream together via Zoom or Microsoft Teams by screen sharing, or alternate video chat platforms. 

The link to the Facebook LIVE video will be made public seven days in advance, on April 30.

Please check our college's official Virtual Graduation Celebration page or on the event's Facebook page for details.  

We look forward to celebrating with you on May 7!


University Commencement


The University of Houston has postponed Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on event sizes. The ceremonies will be rescheduled for late summer or early fall when local, state and federal restrictions allow and when it is safe for our University community to come together again.

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 any questions, please email director [at] uh [dot] edu  


Commencement Speaker




Surface lots and garages are made available two (2) hours prior to event start time. Please see the parking map for more information on locations for parking.

If you have further questions please contact Sandra Sierra at 713-743-1045.



ADA Seating will consist of twelve (12) sections located around the entire Fertitta Center. All areas will be wheelchair accessible with the option for a companion chair.

Handicap parking is available on the second level (faculty/staff entrance) of the Stadium parking garage. Elevators and an accessible ramp are located on the south side of the garage. Charges may vary based on the event.  Entry into the garage requires a valid ADA compliant handicap license plate or hangtag. If you enter off of Holman Street you can access Holman Street from Scott Street.

Drop-off locations are curbside in front of the Holman and Cullen entrances.


Unable to Attend Commencement? Stream it Live!

To view the live streaming version of the University commencement, please click here.


Graduation Deadlines

February 21, 2020: End of regular filing period to apply online for Spring 2020 graduation with non-refundable $25 fee. Go to myUH (Peoplesoft) to apply.

March 20, 2020: End of late filing period to apply online for Spring 2020 graduation with non-refundable $50 fee. Go to myUH (Peoplesoft) to apply.


Graduate Students

PhD Dissertation and Master Thesis students must submit your first draft for review two weeks before you defend or at the latest by May 8 to Miranda Vernon-Harrison by electronic submission at mavernon-harrison [at] uh [dot] edu. Graduation candidates must successfully defend the thesis/dissertation by May 15. After being approved by Miranda Vernon-Harrison, your thesis or dissertation must be submitted for binding to her by May 20. 


Name Pronunciation

Do you want to make sure your name is pronounced correctly at the commencement ceremony? The UH Cullen College of Engineering offers Phonetic Spelling Meetings prior to commencement. To learn more about upcoming Phonetic Spelling Meetings, please visit the Important Dates webpage.

Cullen College of Engineering Commencement Name Pronunciation Meeting

Official times and dates coming soon. 

Location: Engineering Dean’s Conference Room (E421H in Engineering Building 2)


Spring Grad Fair

The bookstore will be hosting the Spring Grad Fair February 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always students will have the opportunity to meet and place orders with representatives from:

• Herff Jones — graduation regalia & custom announcements
• Balfour — Class Rings
• Grad Images — grad and professional portraits
• Spirit Cords
• Career Services

This year, all student regalia distribution will begin April 20, 2020 at the UH Bookstore.

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Caps and Gowns

All graduates participating in the Commencement ceremonies are required to wear academic regalia. Graduation regalia may be ordered at the UH Bookstore Graduation Fair or directly from Herff-Jones online at Graduate can pre-order gowns online now.

Click here to view regalia pricings


UPDATE*****  4/30/2020

If you ordered your regalia in store during the Grad Fair event, those are ready to be passed out. Students may make an appointment online to set a pickup date and time.

The campus store is offering this as a curbside pickup option Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm beginning May 4th.

Students can go here to set their appointment.

Please keep in mind this is different from the orders placed online with Herff Jones. For Herff Jones orders, please visit their website and complete the process to ship your order. This can take approximately 28 days for the item to ship out once you fill out the form request.

Information on honor cords is coming soon. 



Students may order personalized announcements from Herff Jones at the UH Bookstore Graduation Fair or directly from Herff Jones at


Cougar Spirit Cord

The Cougar Spirit Cord is a red and white honor cord that graduating Coogs wear at the commencement to show pride and support for your university. More information here.


Graduation Photo Ordering Information

There will be a professional photographer on stage during the ceremony. Every graduate is photographed and will receive a free proof in the mail and by e-mail after the ceremony.

Ways to Order:

  1. Pre-Order before graduation for discount pricing at with department code: UH77G
  2. Order online after you receive your proofs
  3. Call us at 214-443-9393

Please ask your family and guests to take their photographs from their seats or before/after the ceremony.


Undergraduate Students: Graduating with Academic Honors

Academic honor is determined upon final completion of all degree requirements.

Undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements under catalogs beginning in Fall 2010 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. (See Catalog for Honors.)

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)

Further, the honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of those final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.


Undergraduate Students: Walking with Academic Honors at University Commencement

For the graduation ceremony, the final semester is not factored into the calculation because final semester grades are not completely posted until after the ceremony.

Honors announced during the graduation ceremony are calculated using the last 54 hours less the number of hours taken in the final semester.

After the graduation ceremony and when final semester grades are fully posted then honors eligibility is recalculated using the final 54 hours. This will then be the official honors if any that will be listed on the transcript and diploma.


Commencement Program

Unless privacy protected, all student names will be included in the Commencement Program regardless of participation. Every effort is made to include the names of all official graduates in the printed Commencement Program. We also will include any honors earned by the student. However, please be aware that the program is not an official document with regard to eligibility for graduation or any honors conferred. Inclusion of a name in the program is not a guarantee of graduation or honors.



Degrees will not be posted to transcript until the college checks your Spring 2020 grades.

Allow about 6 to 8 weeks from May 7, 2020 for Spring 2020 grades to be checked, degrees to post to transcripts and diplomas to be mailed.


Additional Questions

If you have any questions regarding the University Commencement celebration you may contact:

  • Undergraduate students may contact Kelly Schulz in Room E421-D3 or call 832-842-4840
  • Graduate students may contact Miranda Vernon-Harrison in Room E421-D3 or call 713-743-3395