Graduate and Professional Programs

Information for Commencement Guests

Seating and Protocol


All guests will enter the arena through the main entrance from the Maroon Lot (off of Fannin). Please see the Parking tab for a map. To ensure there is adequate seating please arrive ON TIME. Doors open 1 hour prior to each commencement ceremony and seating is on a first come first serve basis.

There will be no tickets issued and no minimum or maximum number of guests per graduate. Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Provisions for Guests with Disabilities

Parking for mobility impaired guests will be located in the Maroon Lot (off of Fannin). Please see the Parking tab for a map. NRG guest services will provide assistance entering the stadium. There will be limited wheelchairs available to escort guest to their seats.

If you have questions, please contact Sharoma Scurry-Graves at or 713-743-4699.

Audience Courtesy

Bauer College of Business is very proud of the accomplishments of each and every student, so we want the ceremony to be a pleasant experience for everyone. This time-honored ritual includes traditional academic regalia and requires proper decorum. We ask the audience to respect the rights and feelings of other participants and guests by remaining in their seats until all of the graduates have been recognized and the ceremony has concluded. In consideration of the speakers, pagers and cell phones should be turned off or turned to silent mode during the ceremony. Families should not allow children to run up and down the aisles. Babysitting will not be provided.

For Your Safety

Although the University of Houston does not anticipate any security problems during commencement, we will be taking special measures to ensure the safety of everyone who attends the commencement ceremony. All bags and purses will be checked at the venue's entrance.

The following items are prohibited on campus:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs/paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind including firearms and knives
  • Animals except for registered guide dogs

The following items will not be allowed at the venue:

  • Balloons
  • Air horns
  • Wrapped items

Security will be screening for these items at the venue. Smoking is not permitted inside Hofheinz Pavilion. These policies are subject to change without notice.