University of Houston-Victoria

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Graduation/Commencement

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 online through myUHV, (UHV Self Service/Degree Progress/Graduation/Apply for Graduation). Semester deadlines for submitting applications are published on the UHV website, Important Dates & Deadlines.

Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December of each academic year. Those who graduate in August are eligible to participate in the December ceremony or may choose to postpone until the following May. You must be on track to complete all requirements toward your degree in the semester for which you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. If all requirements for graduation cannot be met during the current semester, you may be denied participation in the commencement ceremony. Please note that Commencement is a ceremony in which preliminary degree candidates are recognized for their academic achievements. The commencement program reflects the name and degree of each preliminary degree candidate as well as the honors designation based on the previous semester's progress. Conferral of the official UHV degree occurs after commencement when final grades are posted and all degree requirements have been met. The commencement program only lists those candidates who applied by the appropriate deadline and, therefore, should not be considered an official list of graduates.

Important: Even if you do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must still apply for graduation. To be considered as a candidate for a degree, you must submit an application for graduation, regardless of your plans to participate in the commencement ceremony. To apply for graduation, log into myUHV, and go to the Degree Progress/Graduation section.

Diplomas are mailed approximately four (4) business weeks after the day final grades are posted to the student record system.

Graduation with Honors: Graduation with Honors is for undergraduate students only. Please refer to the “Academic Policies” section of the UHV catalog, for specific information regarding Graduation with Honors.

Posthumous Degrees: In accordance with established guidelines and procedures, which are available from the Registrar, the University of Houston-Victoria, may award posthumous degrees on request.