Graduate and Professional Programs

Preparing for the Big Day

Commencement is a celebration, a culmination of years of hard work toward your degree. There are several steps to complete before you can participate in the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Checklist for Master's or Doctoral Degree Candidates

Step 1: Eligibility deadlines

If you are receiving a Master's or Doctoral degree and wish to participate in the commencement ceremony, you need to have completed the appropriate paperwork on time.

Step 2: Update your personal information in PeopleSoft

Review your personal information at myUH, and update as appropriate - local and permanent address, phone number and email.

Step 3: Ph.D. Candidates - Confirm your Dissertation Chair Attendance

The individual who will be hooding you must confirm their attendance and order their regalia via Mary Gould by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Step 4: Order your ceremony regalia

Master's student regalia

All graduates participating in thecommencement ceremony must wear academic regalia. The UH Bookstore will begin fitting students for their regalia based on the following schedule.

  • September 26-29: – Graduation Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; In-Store Regalia Orders
  • October 13: – Last day for online orders.
  • November 20-December 14: – Pick up regalia from the bookstore.

Students may also order formal invitations through the bookstore.

  • Master Degree Candidates:
    To preorder your regalia go to
    Master Keeper Cap, Gown, Tassel and Hood $87
    Honor Cords for students graduating with a 3.70 cumulative GPA or higher: $14.50
  • Doctoral Candidates:
    To preorder your regalia go to
    Doctoral Rental Tam, Gown, Tassel and Hood $140
    Honor Cords for students graduating with a 3.70 cumulative GPA or higher: $14.50
  • Cougar Sprit Cords:
    Make a minimum $15 donation (perhaps a gift in honor of your class, $20.16) to any college or program of your choice and wear the cord at commencement to show your Cougar Pride!

Orders placed after the deadline will not be guaranteed to arrive on time for the commencement ceremony. For questions regarding regalia purchase, call the UH Bookstore at (713) 748-0923 or order online from Herff Jones Company.

NOTICE: Ph.D. Students

Rented Ph.D. caps and gowns will be available for pickup at the campus bookstore. All Doctoral gowns should be returned to bookstore representatives after the ceremony. Ph.D. candidates will be hooded at the commencement ceremony. Mary Gould will provide hoods, which will be available for pick up during the check-in process before the start of the ceremony. Ph.D. candidates will then drape their hoods over their arm until they are announced on stage, at which time, students will present their hood to the faculty member who will be hooding them during the ceremony.

Step 5: Attend Commencement - Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • NRG Arena
  • All students and guests will enter the arena through the main entrance from the Maroon Lot (off of Fannin). Please see the Parking tab for a map. Once you arrive at the main entrance, there will be separate doors for students to enter and proceed to check in.
  • Students should arrive at 5:00 pm. Please arrive ON TIME. We are expecting traffic delays, due to the number of people expected to attend this ceremony. Please give yourself plenty of time to navigate NRG and arrive by 5:00 pm.
  • Check-in tables will be labeled by program. For example, MBA, MS Finance, Ph.D., etc.
  • Staff will be available to assist the master’s candidates with their hoods.
Walk Cards
  • At the check-in tables, students will pick up a walk card which lists your name, pronunciation of name (if information is provided), mailing address, email and the degree you earned.
  • Be sure to check the card carefully and make any necessary corrections. The photographer will send proofs to the email address printed on the card. KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU UNTIL YOU REACH THE STAGE. THE CARD WILL BE USED TO CALL YOUR NAME.
The Commencement Ceremony
  • Bauer College of Business staff will be available to direct students regarding procedures for the processional, presentation of the graduates and candidates, and recessional.
  • Each graduate will be individually recognized as he or she crosses the stage. Graduates will not receive a diploma at this ceremony, but will be greeted by the Bauer College Deans.
  • The ceremony will recognize students in the following order: Ph.D. students, graduate students and undergraduate students.
Students with DisABILITIES (CSD)
  • Registered CSD Students needing any additional services or have special requests must notify Sharoma Scurry-Graves ( at least 2 WEEKS prior to their scheduled commencement ceremony.


  • Diplomas are mailed out by the Office of the University Registrar approximately 60 days following the closing date of the semester. If you can see in PeopleSoft that your degree has been posted but your diploma is overdue, please call the Office of the University Registrar at 713-743-1010 option 7. If your graduation status still says "Pending," then your degree has not yet been posted.

Commencement Questions

For further questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please contact Sharoma Scurry-Graves at or 713-743-4699.