University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Current Students

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.


University Commencement

Thursday, May 7, 2020
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Fertitta Center

IMPORTANT: Graduation candidates please report to the Athletics/Alumni Center promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are not required for the University Commencement.

Prohibited Items List

Fertitta Center ADA Seating


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

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

TBA: 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 (TBA) to Miranda Vernon-Harrison in Room E421-D3. Graduation candidates must successfully defend the thesis/dissertation by (TBA). After being approved by Miranda Vernon-Harrison, your thesis or dissertation must be submitted for binding to her by (TBA). Official deadlines and dates coming soon 


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 (TBA).


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.

Prices for UH Custom Student Keeper Gown Unit
Bachelor Unit (Cap, gown, tassel) $74.00
Bachelor Gown $54.00
Master Unit (Cap, gown, tassel, & hood) $105.00
Master Gown $54.00
Master Hood only $31.00
Cap only $11.00
Tassel only $9.00
Key Chain Tassel $9.00
Mega Tassel $11.00
Honor Cords $14.50
Thesis Cord $7.50
Gratitute Stole $30.00
Diploma Covers $19.98
Announcements $19.99
Prices for UH Custom Student Doctoral Gown Rentals
(All doctorial gowns should be returned to representatives after the ceremony)
Doctoral custom rental unit (Tam, gown, hood, and tassel) $150.00
PhD Gown $80.00
PhD Hood $40.00
Tam only $35.00
Tam and Hood are Keeper
Gowns are rented and will need to be returned



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


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: DP4
  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 TBA 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