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Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation

Where is Faith Family Church located?

Faith Family Church is located at 2002 E. Mockingbird Lane, Victoria, TX 77904.

How much is parking and where is it located?

Parking is free at Faith Family Church, with multiple parking lots surrounding the facility.

When and where does formal check-in begin?

As a graduate, plan to arrive at Faith Family Church at least one (1) hour prior to your scheduled ceremony to check in. There will be signs and ushers that direct you to the robing area, which is located in the very back of the facility. Your timeliness will ensure a smooth ceremony.

Where will I be sitting inside Faith Family Church?

Graduates will be seated on the floor directly in front of the stage.

What should I wear?

You must wear the approved black cap and gown sold in the UHV bookstore and online. You should dress comfortably underneath, business casual suggested, and wear sensible shoes given a lot of walking is involved.

Can I leave my personal items in the robing area?

No. You are advised to take all valuables with you to your seat. Neither Faith Family Church or UHV are liable for any losses. You must carry everything you bring with you.

Can I leave during the ceremony?

No. 

Do you have an extra tassel/cap/robe?

No. 

What should I do with my name card?

It is critical that you hold on to the name card you receive during check in. Please do not lose it. Carry it with you until you are asked for it on the auditorium floor before you enter the stage to receive your diploma.

Where do we get programs?

Programs are placed underneath the chairs of graduates and at all entrances for guests. 

How will I know to go to the stage?

Following remarks by the UHV president and the keynote speech, students will be instructed to stand one row at a time. Faculty marshals will guide students to the stage. When your row is selected, proceed to the stage. You will be lined up on the auditorium floor to the right of the stage.

Who should I follow when the procession begins?

Follow the person directly in front of you at all times. If you get lost, seek the assistance of a faculty marshal.

Where should my tassel be?

Before commencement, your tassel should be on your right. Once everyone has walked and received their diploma, the president will tell graduates to shift their tassel from right to left.

Will the commencement ceremony be streamed?

Yes. Visit www.uhv.edu/graduation to view the live streaming.

Do my guests need tickets to enter the ceremony?

Yes. Due to the limited size of our facility, graduating students will be allotted only ten (10) tickets per person. The tickets will be mailed to the address we have on file with the Registrar's Office. If you have not received your tickets by May 1, 2020, call 361-485-4408 or visit Student Services located in University Commons, suite 2108.

We will not issue any more than ten (10) tickets per student, so please be mindful of that when they arrive in the mail. Un-ticketed guests will be allowed into Faith Family Church fifteen (15) minutes before each ceremony begins to fill open seats.

How many guests am I allowed to invite?

You are allowed to invite a maximum of ten (10) guests. All guests must have a ticket. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Where may my guests enter?

Guests may use the northeast or southwest entrances into the building. All other entrances will be unavailable.

Does Faith Family Church have handicap seating?

Yes, Faith Family Church has handicap seats available. 

Is food allowed in the facility?

No outside food or drink is allowed in Faith Family Church.

What should not be brought into Faith Family Church?

Air horns, noisemakers, and laser pointers are not allowed in the building and will be confiscated if used. Balloons, signs larger than 2’x2’, banners, and flowers are prohibited in the auditorium.