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University Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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  • ATTENTION: All current and future CLASS Summer Graduation Candidates

    There are no summer commencement events.  

    In which CLASS Commencement are summer graduate candidates eligible to participate? Spring commencement events only.

    Overview: CLASS holds two commencement events each year – end of the spring semester, end of the fall semester.

    CLASS Spring Commencement is for all spring and summer graduation candidates.

    • Summer grad candidates participate in spring commencement before all degree requirements are satisfied.
    • Planning should include securing regalia at the spring grad fair, before the summer grad application opens (April).
    • Summer grad candidates are not allowed to participate in CLASS fall commencement ceremonies.

    CLASS Fall Commencement is for all fall graduation candidates.

    • Summer graduation candidates are not allowed to participate in fall commencement.
    • Grad candidates completing the fall application for graduation are eligible to participate in the fall ceremony.
    • Fall grad candidates are not allowed to participate in CLASS spring commencement ceremonies.

Spring 2022 University Commencement

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Date:  Friday, May 13, 2022, Fertitta Center

Ceremony I, 9-11a Ceremony II, 2-4p
Departments Represented Departments Represented
  • African American Studies
  • Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Comparative Cultural Studies - (Anthropology, Liberal Studies, Religious Studies)
  • Economics
  • English
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Hispanic Studies (Spanish)
  • History
  • Modern and Classical Languages –
    (Chinese, French, Italian, World Cultures & Literatures)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Spring 2022 University Commencement ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will include all Spring and Summer 2022 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree candidates.

At University Commencement for CLASS, all graduation candidates will be individually recognized on stage and have their names announced. 

Guest Tickets Required

Guest tickets will be required for all University Commencement ceremonies.

Each graduate will be e-mailed a link to download (6) electronic tickets closer to the date of the ceremonies.

Stage Page

Mandatory: Each grad must also arrive at the event with their own Stage Page. As you arrive on stage you will hand this paper to the reader who will announce your name. Details not yet available.

Where to Find All Commencement Updates


  • What is the deadline to apply for Spring 2022 graduation?

    The regular filing period for Spring 2022 graduation is November 5, 2021 – March 4, 2022. Only those students who apply for graduation by March 4, 2022 will have their names included in any printed commencement booklet. The deadline for late filing is March 25, 2022.

  • When will the Spring 2022 Graduation Fair be held?

    Dates not yet available. 

    Do grads need to purchase a cap and gown?  Yes. Graduation candidates wishing to participate in commencement ceremonies must wear regalia. 

    For online purchases:  https://hjgradwalk.com/uh/ 

    Questions? Contact the UH Bookstore at campusstore@uh.edu or call 713.741.7095. 

  • What happens if I miss the Graduation Application deadline?

    Students who miss the deadline typically need to apply in the next term. Exceptions are considered for students who document job or program acceptance pending degree confirmation.

    • Required: Job offer letter, grad school acceptance letter, program acceptance letter
    • Letters should include a deadline for documentation of degree conferral and contact information for the employer or program (may be received via e-mail)
    • Students with these circumstances should provide the documentation to their major advisor
    • The major advisor will first verify the student is eligible for graduation for the current term

    If eligible for current term graduation and documentation is provided of pending program/job, the student may submit a general petition to the major advisor requesting late application approval.

  • Photographs

    Flash Photography is the official photographer for the University of Houston commencement ceremonies. After the ceremony, Flash Photography will send 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, contact Flash Photography at 800-410-8070.

  • Status of Your Graduation Application

    When an application to graduate is submitted, your major advisor will receive notification. This advisor will begin to collect documents related to your degree progress and make a preliminary recommendation for degree conferral. If your graduation is contingent on completing any coursework, you must first successfully complete those requirements before a decision can be made. If there are any other outstanding items that your major advisor is aware of and has already communicated with you about, these items will also need to be completed before a preliminary recommendation for degree conferral can be made.

    Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree.

  • Conditions that Warrant Immediate Disapproval

    If there are requirements for your degree completion that will not be met by currently enrolled courses and your major advisor is not already aware of these outstanding items, your application could be disapproved before the end of the semester that you have applied to graduate. A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your e-mail address listed on your record. You will then need to work with your major advisor to complete any remaining requirements and apply for graduation again in the next feasible semester.

    Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree.

  • Approval Process

    Once the semester officially closes and all grades are posted, a final recommendation will be made by your major advisor and the college Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs will begin their final review for degree conferral.

    If you have successfully completed all requirements of your degree program, your application will be approved by CLASS and then sent to UH with final recommendation for degree conferral. After UH has completed their review and has determined that all degree requirements have been satisfied, a final approval decision will be made and posted to your record. A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your e-mail address listed on your record.

  • Disapproval Process

    Once the semester officially closes and all grades are posted, a final recommendation will be made by your major advisor and the college Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs will begin their final review for degree conferral.

    If you have not successfully completed all pending requirements by that date, your application will be disapproved. A notification of that decision will be sent by UH (not CLASS) to you at your e-mail address listed on your record. You will then need to work with your major advisor to complete any remaining requirements and apply for graduation again in the next feasible semester.

  • Printed University Commencement Program

    We make every effort to ensure all graduating students who applied on time are listed in the commencement program. Only Spring graduation candidates who apply to graduate by March 4, 2022 will have their names included in the program.

    Due to spring printing deadlines, only those students who apply for summer graduation by April  13, 2022 will have their names included in any printed commencement booklet.

    Please also be aware of the following information:

    • If at any time you have requested privacy protection for your academic records, your name cannot be published in the program by law unless you have indicated on your application for graduation that you desire your name be included in the program.
    • Although your name might not be included in the printed program, you will still be individually recognized by name as you cross the stage.
  • Cougar Spirit Cord

    The Cougar Spirit Cord is a symbol of your pride and a way to help make more scholarships available to next year's students or show support for a program that's made a difference in your UH experience. Consider making a $22 donation (a gift in honor of your class, 2022) to any CLASS department or program of your choice and wear the cord at commencement to show your Cougar Pride!

  • Baccalaureate Candidates Graduating with Honors

    For the CLASS commencement 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 ceremony are calculated using the last 54 hours less the number of hours taken in the final semester.

    Once the current semester has officially closed and all grades have been posted, your honors status will be updated accordingly and will be engraved on your diploma. Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College may graduate with special honors designations. See your advisor in the Honors College for more information.

    Undergraduate students who complete 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. The honors calculation will include all hours completed in the semester in which the first of the final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.

    Honors Designations:

    3.90 to 4.0 GPA Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
    3.70 to 3.89 GPA Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
    3.50 to 3.69 GPA Cum Laude (with honors)

  • Where is My Diploma?

    It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the close of the term for colleges to review graduation applications and submit their decisions to the registrar’s office for processing. Diplomas are ordered once students have been approved and degrees officially conferred and posted.

    Your diploma will be mailed directly to you at the most current address provided through your myUH student account. The diploma printing company also will send email notifications to you indicating when your diploma has been mailed. It’s important to keep contact information updated in myUH to avoid shipment delays.

  • For Questions Not Answered on this Website

    Undergraduate Students - Your major advisor is your contact for questions related to the status of your application and the completion of your degree. For all other event-related questions, please contact: CLASS Undergraduate Commencement.

    Graduate Students - Master and PhD students who have questions about the ceremony and degree conferral process are asked to e-mail Anna Marchese, CLASS Graduate Studies Program Director, amarchese@uh.edu.