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  • University Commencement

    UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

     

    When is Graduation? 

    Commencement ceremonies for Fall 2021 graduation candidates will take place December 17 - 19, 2021. A schedule will be published to the commencement webpage www.uh.edu/commencement in the coming months. 

     

    Is there any possibility that the in-person ceremonies will be changed to virtual ceremonies? 

    Currently, there are no plans to have virtual ceremonies.  We will continue to monitor the health situation and make adjustments if it becomes necessary.

     

    Will there be separate in-person ceremonies for each college?

    Yes. Each college will hold its own commencement ceremony. Due to the number of participants, some college ceremonies may be combined. 

     

    Will the ceremonies be live-streamed for viewing via the web?

    Yes, all ceremonies will be live-streamed.

     

    Can my family watch/attend if they are not in Texas? 

    Absolutely! Anywhere they can access the internet, they will be able to watch the ceremony. The video recording will also be available afterwards for those who missed it the first time or who would like to view it again.

     

    What is the deadline to apply for graduation?

    The regular filling period for fall 2021 graduation is April 2, 2021 – October 8, 2021. The deadline for late filing is October 29, 2021. Please see the following links for more information.

    Undergraduate Catalog Calendar

    www.uh.edu/academic-calendar-undergraduate

    Graduate Catalog Calendar

    www.uh.edu/academic-calendar-graduate

     

    When will I receive 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.

     

    Do I need to purchase a cap and gown? 

    Yes. Graduation candidates wishing to participate in commencement ceremonies must wear regalia. 

    For all questions regarding regalia, please contact the UH Bookstore at campusstore@uh.edu or call 713-741-7095.

     

    How do I return my rental doctoral regalia? 

    Once commencement is over, you can return your rental doctoral gowns at the collection bins located in the event venue. Please note, you can keep the doctoral hoods and the tam as they are class keeper items. 

    For all questions regarding regalia, please contact the UH Bookstore at campusstore@uh.edu or call 713-741-7095.

    For all questions regarding invitations, please contact Herff Jones at 1-800-837-4235.

     

    Who is the commencement photographer? 

    Flash Photography is the official photographer for the University of Houston commencement cermemonies. 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, please contact Flash Photography at 800-410-8070.

     

    How do I get my class ring?

    For information regarding the class ring program, please visit the Houston Alumni Association webpage.

     

    Please continue to monitor this website for the most up-to-date information.