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Spring 2023 University Commencement

University Commencement Ceremony
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Spring 2023

Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
Time: 7–9 p.m.
Location: Fertitta Center, 3422 Cullen Blvd

The University Commencement Ceremony for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will include all Spring 2023 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree candidates from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

At University Commencement for NSM, all graduation candidates will be individually recognized and will walk across the platform when their names are called.

Ticket Requirement

Tickets will be required for guests. Children two years old and younger do not need a ticket. Graduates participating in the ceremony do not need a ticket.

Each graduate will be emailed a link to download their six (6) electronic, general admission tickets closer to the date of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

Fertitta Center, Clear Bag Policy

Clear Bag Policy

Fertitta Center enforces a clear bag policy to ensure safety for guests. Items such as backpacks, purses and diaper bags are not permitted, and guests are strongly encouraged to not bring any bags to the facility.

The following items will be allowed inside Fertitta Center events:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches
  • 1-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar)
  • A small clutch purse no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap (These small clutches remain subject to search)

Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the doors by arena personnel.

Information for Graduating Students

Cap and Gown

Graduation candidates will wear regalia (cap and gown) at the ceremony.

Regalia can be ordered online. The deadline to order online is Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Closer to the Commencement date, regalia can be purchased or rented at the UH Campus Store. For regalia questions, contact the UH Campus Store at 713-741-7095 or campusstore@uh.edu.

Spring Grad Fair, March 7-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at UH Bookstore

Students will have the opportunity to meet and place orders with representatives from:

  • Herff Jones – Graduation Regalia and Custom Announcements
  • Balfour – Class Rings
  • Grad Images – Graduation and Professional Portraits
  • UH Spirit Cords

Spring Grad Celebration, April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at UH Bookstore

Graduates who ordered regalia during the March Grad Fair will be able to pick up their regalia at this event. In-store purchases/rental of regalia will begin on April 21 and can be completed during the Grad Celebration.

Students with Special Needs

Please contact Tristan Sims at tsims4@uh.edu to plan how we can best accommodate your needs on this exciting day.

Information for Guests

Arrival Time for Guests

Doors to Fertitta Center will open at 5:30 p.m., 90 minutes prior to the start of Commencement. Tickets are required for entry. Please see clear bag policy listed above. Entrance will be on the Holman Street side across from the Stadium Garage.

Guests with Mobility Needs

  • Special seating is available, but limited. Please plan to arrive early. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
  • To accommodate as many mobility-impaired guests as possible, there will be a strict limit of one guest accompanying the mobility-impaired guest in the reserved seating area. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your group.

Parking – Students and Guests

Parking information will be available in April.


Check the UH Commencement webpage regularly for the most current information.

If you have questions, please contact UH Commencement at director@uh.edu or NSM Commencement planning at agilles@central.uh.edu.

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