Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set for Dec. 20 in Hofheinz Pavilion

The holidays are around the corner, but Cougars soon will celebrate another special day in December – fall commencement.

On Dec. 20, the University of Houston will host its fall commencement ceremonies in Hofheinz Pavilion.

On this day, 2,987 students will earn their degrees. Among them will be the James Mayhan Jr., the ceremonies’ oldest graduate. At 65, he will earn his Ph.D. in physics. The youngest student to earn a degree on this day will be 20-year old Godly Abraham, who will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Also, 10 students are traveling from Lima, Peru to walk the stage during the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management’s ceremony. These students completed their undergraduate coursework in Peru through a partnership between the college and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.

A schedule of the day’s events is as follows:

  • 9 – 11 a.m.: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • 3 – 5 p.m.: Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Education, and College of Technology
  • 7 – 9 p.m.: Cullen College of Engineering and C.T. Bauer College of Business

During this year’s ceremonies, the President’s Medallion will be awarded to Inprint, Joan and Herman Suit, and the Charles T. Bauer Foundation. The award recognizes an individual or an organization for exceptional contributions to UH.

A longtime supporter of UH’s Creative Writing Program, Inprint hosts a number of programs, including readings and workshops,  aimed at sharing the written word with Houston audiences.  Representatives from Inprint will accept its medallion during the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences commencement ceremony.

Herman Suit earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UH in 1948. He and wife Joan are supporters of several College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics initiatives. They also were instrumental in establishing the Eby Nell McElrath Fellowship in Chemistry and have contributed to the John L. Bear Presidential Fellowship in Chemistry.  The Suits will accept their medallion during the college’s commencement ceremony.

Named for Charles T. “Ted” Bauer (namesake of UH’s Bauer College of Business), the C.T. Bauer Foundation supports a number of educational initiatives on campus and across the country. Representatives from the foundation will accept the medallion during the C.T. Bauer College of Business’ commencement ceremony.

Hofheinz Pavilion will open one hour before each ceremony. Early arrival is recommended, as seating is available on a first come, first-served basis. In the event of a capacity crowd, the Science and Engineering Complex (across the street from Hofheinz Pavilion on Cullen Boulevard) will serve as an overflow facility.

Ceremonies will be streamed live at http://www.uh.edu/commencement/commencement-live/ and will be available for later viewing on the UH website.

For more details on commencement, visit http://www.uh.edu/commencement/.