Academic Standards & Policies
Graduation Under a Particular Catalog
A student normally is entitled to graduate under the degree provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of the student’s first completed semester of enrollment. These exceptions apply:
1. A catalog more than 10 years old shall not be used.
2. The program of the student who interrupts enrollment (for reasons other than involuntary military service) for more than one calendar year shall be governed by the catalog in effect at the time of the student’s re-entrance to the university. The student who interrupts enrollment for involuntary military service must re-enroll within one year from the date of separation from service and no more than five years from the beginning of military service in order for this provision to apply. For these purposes, enrollment shall be defined as registration for and successful completion of at least one course during an academic term. A student forced to withdraw for adequate cause before completion of a course may petition for a waiver of this provision at the time of withdrawal.
3. The program of the student who changes a plan from one school to another within the university shall be governed by the degree requirements in effect at the time the change of plan becomes effective.
4. At the discretion of the dean, with the advice and consent of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student will be required to comply with all changes in the curriculum made subsequent to the year in which the student is enrolled. Deletions and additions of courses will be of approximately equal credit so that no student will have an overall appreciable increase of total credits required for graduation.
5. Any student transferring directly to UH-Victoria from a junior college can qualify to graduate under the UH-Victoria catalog in effect when the student entered the junior college if the core curriculum provisions of the Coordinating Board are followed, subject to the following limitation: if the student interrupts studies for more than two consecutive semesters (not including summer sessions) at the junior college or before transfer to UH-Victoria, the student must qualify for graduation under the catalog in effect upon returning to the junior college or upon matriculating at UH-Victoria.
6. The program of a student who completes upper level requirements for graduation under a particular catalog will continue to be governed by that same catalog for one year only, even if the student completes lower level requirements more than one year after completing upper level requirements.
Application For Graduation
UHV does not automatically award a degree when you complete your scholastic requirements. To be considered as a candidate for a degree, you must submit an application for graduation through the Student Self-Service system . You can file an application either during the term prior to, or during the semester in which you plan to graduate. However, participation in the commencement ceremony is limited to the term in which degree requirements will be completed. If you applied for graduation in any past term but were disapproved, you must re-file an application for graduation.
The deadlines to apply for graduation during the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:
Fall 2013 graduates: Friday, September 20, 2013
Spring 2014 graduates: Friday, February 7, 2014
Summer 2014 graduates: Friday, June 13, 2014
There are typically two commencement ceremonies per year, one for Spring typically held in Victoria, and one for Fall typically held in Katy. At the present time, Summer term graduates participate during the Fall ceremony. You should contact The Victoria College Bookstore to obtain information on caps, gowns, rings, and invitations.
You must be on track to complete all requirements toward your degree in the term for which you plan to participate in commencement. If all requirements for graduation cannot be met during the current term, you may be denied participation in the commencement ceremony. For information concerning eligibility to participate in one of the ceremonies, please contact the Office of the Registrar and Student Records, 361-570-4368 or 1-877-970-4848, ext. 4368.
Graduation with Honors (Undergraduate Students only)
Subject to the approval of the appropriate dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements with exceptionally high scholastic averages will be eligible for baccalaureate degrees with honors. To be graduated with honors, students must have completed at least 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria and achieved a grade point average in accordance with the following scale:
3.50 - 3.67 Cum laude
3.68 - 3.84 Magna cum laude
3.85 -4.0 Summa cum laude
For Preliminary Determination of Graduation with Honors (commencement program only):
Honors candidates are identified by a preliminary grade point average through the second to last semester of coursework. All college courses attempted are included in the grade point average, including repeated courses.
For students with 30 semester hours or more at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for preliminary honors determination will be calculated only on courses taken at UH-Victoria.
For students with less than 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for preliminary honors determination will be calculated on the last 45 semester hours, including courses taken at UH-Victoria and any lower- or upper-division courses, provided that the grade point average for UH-Victoria is at least a 3.50.
For Final determination of Graduation with Honors:
A final grade point average for determining graduation with honors will be calculated at the end of the graduation term.
For students with 45 semester hours or more at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for honors is calculated only on courses taken at UH-Victoria.
For students with less than 45 semester hours at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for honors is calculated on the basis of the last 45 semester hours, including courses taken at UH-Victoria and any lower- or upper-division courses, provided that the student has at least 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria and the grade point average for UH-Victoria is at least a 3.50. All college courses attempted are included in the grade point average, including repeated courses.
Post-baccalaureate students earning a second baccalaureate degree may graduate with honors in accordance with the same criteria used for students earning their first baccalaureate degree.
In accordance with established procedures, which are available from the Registrar, the University of Houston-Victoria may award posthumous degrees on request.