Information for Faculty

The 109th Annual Commencement Exercises are on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in the Stan Sheriff Center. The ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

9:00 a.m. Ceremony 3:30 p.m. Ceremony
  • Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Estimated End time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Faculty arrive at 7:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: TBA
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 2.5 hours
  • Ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Estimated End time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Faculty arrive at 2:00 p.m.
  • Speaker: TBA
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 2.5 hours

To participate in the commencement ceremony, please register online to ensure that you are included in the procession.

Regalia Availability:

The bookstore has tailored special order faculty regalia available for purchase or rental. Please contact the bookstore at and allow six weeks for delivery.

  • 1) For purchase - The bookstore will customize regalia to faculty alma maters. Purchase prices vary. Deadline to order is April 1, 2020.
  • 2) For rental - Deadline to order is April 20, 2020. Rental rates are as follows:
    • Master cap & gown with tassel $85.00
    • Master hood $64.50
    • Doctoral Cap & Gown with tassel $90.00
    • Doctoral Hood $68.00
    • Tam (8 sided) with gold silk tassel $75.00

A demonstration video by Herff Jones on how to wear the cap, gown, and hood is available here. We strongly recommend participants view it before commencement day.

Parking: Plan to arrive early, as considerable congestion surrounding the campus is expected. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. UH Shuttles will be available from various locations throughout the campus area. Please check the UH Commencement Transportation webpage for more information.

Commencement Reception: The President invites you to join the reception for our commencement speakers and distinguished guests in the Wong Hospitality Room in the Stan Sheriff Center at 7:30 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony and 2:00 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. ceremony.

Assemble for the Procession: Doctorate faculty sponsors must arrive by 8:00 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony and 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. ceremony. Please meet at the Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area to assemble with the doctoral procession.

Faculty who are not sponsors should wait for the commencement staff announcement to line up (approximately 8:50 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 3:20 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony) behind the Stage Party (Deans).

Faculty Procession and Seating Section: Faculty will proceed into the arena following the student procession, and will be seated above the stage party in the upper seating areas. Faculty Marshals will lead the procession. Please be on time in order to assemble and process with the faculty party.

Recession: Following the ceremony, faculty will follow the stage party out of the arena and line the hall along the Stan Sheriff Center exit to applaud the graduates as they exit the arena.

Questions? Please email us at or call 956-GRAD.