Commencement from UHV President Bob Glenn
Dear UHV Students, Faculty, and Staff,
After reviewing the increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases around the state, CDC advice about holiday gatherings and a recommendation from the UHV COVID-19 Task Force, we have made the difficult decision to postpone UHV’s scheduled commencement ceremonies in December and January.
This is not a decision that was made lightly. Commencement is an incredible accomplishment for our graduates and their families, and a highlight for our faculty and staff each semester. But we must keep the safety of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront of our decisions. On Thursday, Texas reported more than 12,000 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day record. All of the other universities in the UH System also have decided not to have in-person ceremonies this fall.
We look forward to having in-person commencement ceremonies in 2021 as soon as conditions and guidelines allow. We will notify everyone when we have a new date and will be updating the graduation website.
Until then, we are working on a plan to get 2020 graduates their diploma covers and other items. You will still have an opportunity to participate in an upcoming commencement ceremony, but we felt it was time to get your diploma in your hands. We are sorry about this change of plans with our commencement ceremonies and hope that you will have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. When it is safe to have indoor gatherings, we will schedule as many commencement ceremonies as is necessary to accommodate all the graduates who wish to participate.
If you are a student graduating this fall who has questions, please contact Michael Wilkinson, senior director of student services and judicial affairs.