Information for Guests Attending Commencement
Welcome, and congratulations on your graduate's remarkable achievement of earning a professional degree! Commencement is a significant event in a graduate's life and a celebration and acknowledgment of you—friends and family—who have provided
guidance, care, and support to your graduate. We hope the information on this website will help you have the most enjoyable experience possible on this special day.
Download: Commencement Invitation
Schedule for Commencement Day
- 8:30 - 8:45 am Graduates report to Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo A
- 9:00 am ADA Guest Admittance, Expo C entrance
- 9:15 am Doors Open to General Seating, Expo B entrance
- 10:00 am Commencement ceremony begins, Expo B&C
- 10:00 am Commencement Live Stream (see details below)
- 12:00 pm Ceremony ends (estimated)
- Doors will open approximately 1 hour before the ceremony. The ceremony will be held at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo Hall B&C starting at 10:00 am.
- All names will be called. The ceremony should take approximately 1.5-2 hours
- After the ceremony, please exit the Expo Hall South Lobby to congratulate your graduate. No entry to the North Lobby will be allowed.
Tickets are not required for guests. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open to general seating at 9:15 am. Saved seats will be released 15 minutes before the procession begins and enforced by UTMB Police, security,
and ushers. Doors will close if maximum capacity is reached. The Fire Marshall makes this decision.
Event Day Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the Moody Gardens Convention Center Parking Garage and surrounding lots as directed. Follow the directional signs upon entering the Moody Gardens property complex to the Convention Center Parking Garage.
Download & Print: Moody Gardens Parking Map
Directions: Moody Gardens Visitor Info - Maps and Directions
- Shortest Route: From I-45 south, exit 61st Street. Right on 61st Street and again on Jones Road. Right on Hope Boulevard to Moody Gardens.
- Via Seawall Boulevard Map: From I-45 South, exit 61st Street. Right on Seawall Blvd. Right on 81st Street. Left on Hope Boulevard to Moody Gardens.
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