|Policies > Degree Requirements > Graduation
Degrees are not awarded automatically upon completion of scholastic requirements. To be considered a candidate for a degree, the student must submit an online application for graduation by logging in to myUH.
Applications should be filed during the graduation filing period as listed in the Academic Calendar. Students cannot apply for the same degree in multiple terms simultaneously. Once a graduation application has been submitted, a decision must be made to approve or disapprove based on whether all of the requirements of the degree have been met by the graduation date. A student is not able to submit a subsequent application for the same degree until decision on a pending graduation application has been processed as disapproved.
A non-refundable application fee will be assessed for each graduation application filed during the regular graduation filing period and a non-refundable late graduation application fee assessed for those filed thereafter. Candidates for multiple degrees are required to complete an application for each degree they are seeking and will be assessed the appropriate fees. For current fees, please see the University Registrar’s website.
A student who has been disapproved for their degree must submit a new graduation application in a future term that they expect to meet the requirements to be considered a candidate for the degree. Each subsequent graduation application submitted will be assessed the appropriate graduation application fee according to the filing period during which the application is submitted.
Certification for graduation is performed by the dean’s office in the college of the student’s major and a decision of approved or disapproved is rendered within 4-6 weeks after the close of the term. Diplomas are typically mailed within 1-2 weeks from the time the approved certifications for graduation are processed.
Cap and Gown
Students are responsible for ordering and paying for caps and gowns at the University Bookstore for all commencement exercises.
Graduation with Honors
Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College, including a senior honors thesis or senior honors project, are graduated with “University Honors with Honors in Major.” Undergraduate students who have completed all requirements of the Honors College except for the thesis or project are graduated with “University Honors.” (See University Honors College .)
Undergraduate students who successfully complete a senior honors thesis or senior honors project and who are not members of the Honors College are graduated with “Honors in Major.”
Undergraduate students will graduate with the stated academic honors if they complete at least fifty-four (54) hours at UH and achieve the following grade point averages earned in the last fifty-four (54) hours (all of which must be A, B, C,… letter grade courses) completed at the University of Houston.
|3.90 to 4.0
||Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)
|3.70 to 3.89
||Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
|3.50 to 3.69
||Cum Laude (with honors)
- The honors calculation will include all hours completed in the term in which the first of those final fifty-four (54) hours was completed.
- Grades of S are not assigned grade point values but do earn credit hours. Therefore, grades of S are not used in the computation of the grade point average and are excluded from the count of the last 54 credit hours.
- Grades of U, I, and W are not assigned grade point values and do not earn credit hours. Therefore, grades of U, I, and W are not used in the computation of the grade point average and are excluded from the count of the last 54 credit hours.
- See Catalog Archives for honors policy for students graduating under catalogs prior to Fall 2010.
Upon the recommendation of the dean of the college of the student’s major and the approval of the provost, a student who dies before completing all degree requirements shall be awarded a bachelor’s degree posthumously if all of the following conditions had been met at the time of the student death.
- The student was in his or her last semester at the university and either had been or was eligible to be approved for graduation.
- The student was making satisfactory progress toward the successful completion of all remaining degree and graduation requirements.
The posthumous degree shall be awarded with any academic honors for which the student was eligible at the time of his or her death.