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Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation

Summer 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

When will I hear something about my graduation application?

Your advisor will do a preliminary review to verify that you are on track for graduation. The final process to award degrees will be handled by the Registrar/Student Records office. They cannot begin awarding degrees until the end of the semester after all final grades have posted. The degree awarding process can take 4-6 weeks after final grades post. Please check your UHV email for information from your advisor or the Registrar/Student Records Office.

Why does my graduation status say ‘applied’ and I already participated in the ceremony?

Your graduation status will show “Applied” until your degree is actually awarded. Please see the answer to the question above for information on degree awarding. Also, check your UHV email for communication regarding degree awarding.

I just finished my last class and ordered my transcript. Why is my degree not on there?

The Registrar/Student Records Office will begin awarding degrees after all final grades have posted. The process can take 4-6 weeks. You can check your graduation status on your myUHV account by looking at degree progress/graduation. If your status says “Awarded” you can order a transcript which will show your degree. If your status says “Applied”, your degree has not been awarded yet. You should check your UHV email to see if there is any communication from your advisor or the Registrar/Student Records Office regarding your degree.

Where do I get my honors cord?

Honors cords are distributed by the Registrar/Student Records Office. They will email your UHV email account to let you know if you are receiving honors or not and to provide instructions on picking up the honors cord. Emails will be sent by the end of March for spring graduates and in November for summer/fall graduates.

I was notified I did not receive honors before the ceremony, but what happens if my grades at the end of the semester increase my GPA?

Honors will be recalculated after final grades post. If your GPA increases and you are eligible for honors they will show on your transcript and diploma. At this time if you would like an honors cord email graduation@uhv.edu for assistance. Please include your full name and student ID number in your email.

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to the student’s diploma address or mailing address that is on file with the Registrar/Student Records Office. Students graduating in the spring can expect to receive their diploma early-July, students graduating in the summer should receive their diploma in September, and students graduating in the fall can expect to receive their diploma in early-February.

 

Victoria Ceremonies

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. Seats will be spaced out to allow for physical distancing.

What should I wear?

You should wear UHV regalia. To order your regalia package, visit the following website. The last day to order your regalia online and have it shipped directly to you is Monday, June 28, 2021. After this date, regalia will only be available for purchase in person at the UHV bookstore, Jag Station, located in Victoria inside the University Commons building. You should dress comfortably underneath your regalia, business casual suggested, and wear sensible shoes given a lot of walking is involved.

Is it required to wear UHV regalia?

Yes. Graduates will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony without UHV regalia.

Can I leave my personal items in the robing area?

No. You are advised to take all valuables with you to your seat. Faith Family Church nor 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?

For safety purposes, we will not have a procession into the arena as we would normally. Once you have checked in at the robing area, you will enter the auditorium and find a seat. If you get lost, seek the assistance of a faculty marshal, or a UHV staff member.

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 masks be required?

No.

Will sanitation stations be available?

Yes. They will be located at guest entrances, as well as in the graduate robing area.

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. Graduating students will be allotted six (6) tickets per person. These tickets will be valid for either date or location. 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 July 16, 2021, call 361-485-4408 or visit Student Services located in University Commons, suite 2108.

We will not issue any more than six (6) tickets per student, so please be mindful of that when they arrive in the mail. Un-ticketed guests will not be allowed into the facility.

How many guests am I allowed to invite?

You are allowed to invite a maximum of six (6) guests. All guests must have a ticket. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

As a graduating student, do I need a ticket?

No.

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.

 

Katy Ceremonies

Where is the Merrell Center located?

The Merrell Center is located at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494.

How much is parking and where is it located?

Parking is free at the Merrell Center, with multiple parking lots surrounding the facility. Visit the Merrell Center website for full details.

When and where does formal check-in begin?

As a graduate, plan to arrive at the Merrell Center 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 on the northwest corner. Your timeliness will ensure a smooth ceremony.

Where will I be sitting inside the Merrell Center?

Graduates will be seated on the floor directly in front of the stage. Seats will be spaced out to allow for physical distancing.

What should I wear?

You should wear UHV regalia. To order your regalia package, visit the following website. The last day to order your regalia online and have it shipped directly to you is Monday, June 28, 2021. After this date, regalia will only be available for purchase in person at the UHV bookstore, Jag Station, located in Victoria inside the University Commons building. You should dress comfortably underneath your regalia, business casual suggested, and wear sensible shoes given a lot of walking is involved.

Is it required to wear UHV regalia?

Yes. Graduates will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony without UHV regalia.

Can I leave my personal items in the robing area?

No. You are advised to take all valuables with you to your seat. The Merrell Center nor 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 arena 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 arena floor to the right of the stage.

Who should I follow when the procession begins?

For safety purposes, we will not have a procession into the arena as we would normally. Once you have checked in at the robing area, you will enter the arena and find a seat. If you get lost, seek the assistance of a faculty marshal, or a UHV staff member.

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 masks be required?

No.

Will sanitation stations be available?

Yes. They will be located at guest entrances, as well as in the graduate robing area.

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. Graduating students will be allotted six (6) tickets per person. These tickets will be valid for either date or location. 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 July 16, 2021, call 361-485-4408 or visit Student Services located in University Commons, suite 2108.

We will not issue any more than six (6) tickets per student, so please be mindful of that when they arrive in the mail. Un-ticketed guests will not be allowed into the facility.

How many guests am I allowed to invite?

You are allowed to invite a maximum of six (6) guests. All guests must have a ticket. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

As a graduating student, do I need a ticket?

No.

Where may my guests enter?

Guests may use the main south entrance into the building. This is the entrance facing I-10. All other entrances will be unavailable.

Does the Merrell Center have handicap seating?

Yes, the Merrell Center has handicap seats available. These seats are limited on the concourse level. There is additional handicap seating on the floor.

Does the Merrell Center have a handicap guest drop off?

The Merrell Center has a handicap parking area adjacent to the building. Parking is limited, so plan accordingly.

Does the Merrell Center have elevators?

Yes, it has two elevators located at each side of the south lobby.

Is food allowed in the arena?

No outside food or drink is allowed in the Merrell Center.

May I bring a stroller to the ceremony?

No strollers are allowed inside the arena. You will be able to check in strollers at the guest services table. Baby carriers will be allowed in the arena during the ceremony. Please keep all baby carriers out of aisles and walkways.

What should not be brought into Merrell Center?

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 arena but can be checked in to the guest services table.