University Commencement

Cullen College Graduation

Cullen College of Engineering Commencement

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Fertitta Center

IMPORTANT: All graduation candidates report to the Athletic Center promptly at 12:30 p.m dressed in your cap and gown.

The procession will begin promptly at 1:45 p.m. Note: If you are late there is no guarantee that you will walk across the stage.


Commencement Speaker
Ram Seetharam, Ph.D. - Energy Center Officer, UH Energy; Executive Vice President for Business Development & Technology, Cozairo; ExxonMobil Senior Executive (Retired)

IMPORTANT: All graduation candidates report to the Athletic Center at 12:30 p.m.


Tickets are required for the Engineering Commencement and will be provided by University Events. Graduates will receive an email notifying them on how to download tickets.

UH Commencement Page 

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As a graduation candidate, you must report to the Athletic Center dressed in your cap and gown, at 12:30 p.m. in order to assemble into your degree group and to receive final instructions.

The procession will begin promptly at 1:45 pm. Note: If you are late there is no guarantee that you will walk across the stage.


Ticketing Information

Tickets will be required for all University Commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will be emailed a link to download six (6) electronic tickets. Graduates themselves will not require a ticket. Children two (2) years of age and younger will not require tickets. Additional tickets will not be issued.

If you have not received an email to download your tickets by December 3, please check your spam/junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, you will need to contact the UH Ticketing Office at 713-462-6647 or email tickets [at] Please note, you will need your Peoplesoft ID number in order to claim your tickets.


Unable to Attend Commencement? Stream it Live!

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


Graduation Deadlines

  • Friday, October 8. End of regular filing period to apply online for December 2021 graduation with non-refundable $25 fee. Go to myUH (peoplesoft) to apply.
  • Friday, October 29. End of late filing period to apply online for December 2021 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 the latest by Wednesday, November 24, 2021 to Miranda Vernon-Harrison by email at mavernon-harrison [at] Graduation candidates must successfully defend the thesis/dissertation by Wednesday, December 8, 2021. After being approved by Miranda Vernon-Harrison, your thesis or dissertation must be submitted for binding to her by Wednesday, December 15, 2021.


Grad Fair

The bookstore will host a Graduation Fair on October 5–7, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. It will be held in the bookstore in the UC, lower level, or call them at 713-748-0923.


Cap and Gown

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. Last day to order online is November 21, 2021. Orders will be shipped to the student. Any student trying to order after the cut-off date can purchase from the UH Campus Store once we receive our bulk order. For questions regarding regalia purchase or rental, call the UH bookstore at 713-748-0923.



Students may order personalized announcements from Herff Jones at the UH Bookstore Graduation Fair or directly from Herff Jones at 281-379-3825 or online.


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.


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 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.



There will be a professional photographer on stage during the ceremony who will take photos of each graduate. You will receive proofs at the mailing address on your walk card. You will then be able to order photos directly through the commercial firm. The website link for the professional photographer: www Please ask your family and guests to take their photographs from their seats or before/after the ceremony. The Fire Marshall asks that we keep the aisles of the Fertitta Center clear at all times.



Diplomas will be mailed out 6-8 weeks after graduation. If you do not receive your diploma, call the Office of the University Registrar at 713-743-1010.


Commencement Name Pronunciation Meeting and Walk Card Handout 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 2:00pm – 4:00pm and Friday, December 10, 2021, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Engineering Dean’s office (E421H in Engineering Building 2)

Undergraduate Students:
December 8, 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Biomedical, Industrial, Mechanical
December 10, 2021
11:00am – 2:00pm
Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Petroleum
Graduate Students (Masters/PhD):
December 8, 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Biomedical, Chemical, Materials, Computer Systems, Electrical, Aerospace, Space Architecture, Subsea
December 10, 2021
11:00am – 2:00pm
Civil, Environmental, Geosensing, Petroleum, Industrial, Mechanical

If you have any questions, you can contact the following:

  • Undergraduate: kjschulz [at] (Kelly Schulz)
  • Graduate (Masters/PhD): mavernon-harrison [at] (Miranda Vernon-Harrison)


Additional Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Engineering Commencement ceremony you may contact:

  • Undergraduate students may contact Kelly Schulz at kjschulz [at]
  • Graduate students may contact Miranda Vernon-Harrison at mavernon-harrison [at]