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What is Graduation?

Graduation is the process of a degree being awarded. You must apply for graduation, have a degree audit, and meet all degree requirements to graduate. 

Commencement ceremonies recognize the academic achievements of graduation candidates. Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee your degree will be awarded. 

Important Dates and Deadlines for Graduation Candidates

Important Event Deadline
Last Day to apply for Spring 2024 Graduation February 2, 2024
Summer 2024 Graduation Application Opens February 3, 2024
Deadline to submit an Appeal to Graduate Form to Graduate for Spring 2024 Graduation and have your name included in the commencement program March 14, 2024
Last day to confirm name/address for diploma (Spring 2024 Graduates) May 10, 2024
Last Day to apply for Summer 2024 Graduation June 7, 2024
Deadline to resolve outstanding items for Spring 2024 Graduation June 14, 2024
Diploma mailing begins (Spring 2024 Graduates) July 2024

Graduation Checklist

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to ensure all degree requirements will be fulfilled by your intended graduation date.
  2. Apply for Graduation : A graduation application is required regardless of whether you plan to participate in the ceremony.
  3. Verify Diploma Information: Log into myUHV Self-Service and verify that Diploma Name and mailing address are correct.
  4. Monitor your UHV student email: Emails regarding commencement, degree awarding, and diplomas will be sent to your UHV student email address.

Note: The final degree audit will begin after final grades post and may take up to 60 days to complete.

Graduation Application

Student Writing in Notebook

Students must apply for graduation BEFORE the deadline indicated for each term in the academic calendar. Students who have not applied for graduation will not be graduated in a given term. 


Submit Application

To apply for graduation, you need to access your myUHV Self-Service and click on Degree Progress/Graduation > Apply for Graduation.

Check Status

You can check your graduation status on your myUHV account by looking at Degree Progress/Graduation

Appeal Form

Students who miss the deadline to apply for graduation, can submit an Appeal to Graduate Form within 10 business days after the graduation application closes.

Graduation Application Process

Submit Application

Submit Application

Students must apply for graduation before the deadline indicated for each term in the academic calendar.

College Advisor Review

College Advisor Review

Student's assigned academic advisor does a preliminary review.

Final Degree Audit

Final Degree Audit

A final degree audit occurs once all grades are posted for the graduation semester.

Application Status Updated

Application Status Updated

Your graduation status will change to “Degree Awarded” once your degree is actually awarded.

Graduating with Honors and Honors Cord

Undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 semester hours at UH-Victoria and achieved a grade point average in accordance with the following scale may graduate with honors:

Grade Point Average (GPA):

  • 3.50–3.67 Cum laude
  • 3.68–3.84 Magna cum laude
  • 3.85–4.0 Summa cum laude

Note: Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their respective program; therefore, honor status recognition is not applicable.

Two students

Students who are receiving honors for the commencement ceremony will be notified via their UHV email. The notification will include instructions on how to pick up their honors cord.

Notification Timeline
Spring Graduates End of March
Summer/Fall Graduates End of October


Find out more about our academic honors policies in the UHV catalog.

UHV Catalog


  • The current diploma size is 11” x 14.”
  • Diplomas are ordered once all degrees for the term are awarded.
  • Students can anticipate receiving their diploma in 60 days after final grades post are posted.
  • Diplomas will be sent in a mailer with cardboard to the most current mailing or diploma address on file.
  • Parchment, the diploma provider, will send email notifications to verify your mailing address. You will have 72 hours after receiving the email to confirm your mailing address. 
  • Additionally, Parchment will send email notifications when diplomas are mailed.
  • It's important to keep contact information updated in myUHV to prevent delays in the shipment process.


UHV Diploma and Cover Sample

Replacement Diplomas

Starting January 22, 2024, The University of Houston-Victoria introduced an online diploma service in collaboration with Parchment. This enhanced service allows UHV alumni to conveniently order digital and traditional paper diplomas through Parchment's website.

Please note that the names and signatures on replacement diplomas will reflect the current Board of Regents Chair, Chancellor, Provost, and President. The Student Records Office cannot issue diplomas with signatures of the former administration.

Attend courses IN Victoria, UHV Katy, or online for more flexibility with the same academic Advantage.