UH to Award Presidential Medallions at Fall Commencement Ceremonies

The UH community will celebrate the fall 2010 commencement ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m., Dec. 17 in Hofheinz Pavilion. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will kick off Friday’s commencement, followed by joint ceremonies at 3 p.m. for the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management, the College of Technology, the College of Education and the Colleges of Natural Science and Mathematics. The ceremonies conclude with the Cullen College of Engineering and Bauer College of Business commencement at 7 p.m.

"UH is the place that has provided students with the experiences to work, feel at home, and succeed anywhere in the world," said UH President Renu Khator, who will give remarks at each ceremony. “We look forward to their successes.”

More than 2,400 students will be awarded degrees throughout the ceremonies. UH continues to be one of the most diverse campuses in the United States, with students from 33 states and 58 different countries earning degrees this semester. In all, more than 100 doctorates, 500 master’s degrees and 1,800 bachelor’s degrees will have been completed this semester.

The celebration also will include the presentation of two Presidential Medallions in recognition of service to UH and higher education. Medallion recipients are Beth Madison, Madison Benefits Group president, and the Rev. William Lawson, founder of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Madison is a UH alumna, Moores Society board member and Life Member Circle of Excellence donor. Lawson previously was awarded an honorary degree from UH and helped create the university’s first African-American studies program. The medallion presentation for Madison will be during the 9 a.m. ceremony, followed by the presentation for Lawson during the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Parking for graduates is available at Lot 16B off Cullen Boulevard. Guests may park in Lot 15D next to Robertson Stadium and across from Hofheinz at Cullen Boulevard and Holman Street.

Fall 2010 Commencement Ceremonies Schedule:

9 a.m. College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

3 p.m. Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

   College of Technology

   College of Education

7 p.m. Cullen College of Engineering

       Bauer College of Business