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Commencement Day Schedule

2017 Commencement

Friday, August 17, 2018
2:00 - 5:00 pm anticipate approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo B&C (Off Campus)
Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554
Click here for directions

Graduate Info

Graduate Schedule for Commencement Day

  • 9:00 am Arrive at Moody Gardens Expo B&C
  • 9:15 am Rehearsal begins
  • 11:00 am Rehearsal ends
  • 1:00 pm Graduates return for lineup, Moody Gardens Expo A
  • 2:00 pm Commencement ceremony begins
  • 5:00 pm Ceremony ends (estimated)

Note to all graduates

  • Please arrive at the assembly area at 9:00 am. Rehearsal is important to your commencement exercise experience, make arrangements to arrive on time.
  • Not attending rehearsal and/or arriving late can affect the student in the following areas: robing, line up placement, name cards, processional, and procedures of the ceremony and diploma presentation, photos and recessional.
  • A light continental breakfast will be provided. Rehearsal lasts approximately 2 hours (minimum).
  • Print out the Commencement Day Information Sheet (pdf), this includes some important day of information and FAQs.

Guest Info

Guest Schedule for Commencement Day

  • 1:15 pm Doors open, Moody Gardens Expo B
  • 2:00 pm Commencement ceremony begins
  • 5:00 pm Ceremony ends (estimated)

Arrival and Seating

There is no limit on the number of guests and tickets are not required for guests and they are seated on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors will open at 1:15 pm. Large groups may want to arrive earlier to find seats together. Saved seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the procession and will be enforced by UTMB Police, Security and ushers. Doors will close if maximum capacity is reached. This decision is made by the Fire Marshall. For security purposes, the auditorium doors will remain locked between rehearsal and the ceremony.

ADA Accomodations - Persons with Disabilities

UTMB's School of Health Professions (SHP) strives to ensure that all graduates and guests can participate fully in this program. Therefore, any graduates, family members or guests, who require ADA accommodations, are welcome. Graduates and/or family members are encouraged to submit ADA related accommodations within 45 days of the scheduled event. Those ADA related accommodations are inclusive of but not limited to the following:

  • Wheelchair space/or seating
  • Sign language interpretation
  • Other accommodations, as requested

Advanced arrangements must be made to confirm early admittance. One family member is permitted to sit with each person requiring seating for mobility-impaired. Other family members and friends may sit in the general assembly in the surrounding areas. We will make every effort to accommodate parents and guests without advance accessible seating requests on the day of Commencement, however accessible seating is limited and advanced planning is highly recommended

If you have an accommodation request, email Michelle Conley at in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

When you email your request, please include the name of the guest who needs the ADA related accommodation, the specific accommodation need (ie: wheelchair, walker, sign language interpretation etc.) and the guest name of who will accompany them. We cannot guarantee specific location requests.

Commencement Photography

UTMB Photography will be capturing your commencement photos. Every student will be photographed as they receive their diploma as well as a second “portrait” taken as they depart the stage. All proofs will be available online at a few days after the ceremony by using the password shp0818.

Commencement Program

View the 2017 Commencement Program (pdf)

Flower Orders & Diploma Frames

Flower bouquets will be available for sale on the day of graduation day. Please find the flower booth outside the entrance to the Moody Gardens Convention Center. Pre-orders for bouquets are accepted at the following website:

Diploma frames and other graduation mementos will be available at the UTMB Campus Store booth inside Lobby A of the Convention Center. Please see a selection of diploma frames at the UTMB Bookstore.

Social Media

Share the excitement, the tears, the joy and your favorite commencement moments! Post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using this hashtag to share your unique commencement experience: #UTMBgrad

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