Graduate raising his hand greeting family and friends in the stands

School of Health Professions
Commencement

Graduate Information

Friday, August 19, 2022
10:00 am
Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo B&C (Off Campus)
Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554

Graduating Students

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Guests may attend at this time. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. The ceremony will be broadcast live for more family and friends to watch online and celebrate our graduates’ achievements virtually.

Note: Guest attendance is subject to change based on public-health considerations related to COVID-19 precautions and guidelines. Please continue to visit this site often for updated information.

Oh the places you'll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way! - Dr. Seuss

Graduation vs. Commencement

There are important differences between commencement and graduation, and we want you to be comfortable with these common university terms.

Commencement refers to the ceremony, officiated by the President or Provost of the university, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the university, president, deans, program directors, faculty, and staff to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree. The School of Health Professions holds one ceremony, in August, to celebrate the graduates for the academic year conferrals. There is no registration fee to attend commencement.

Graduation, on the other hand, is the process of completing all academic requirements for your degree, and settling all financial obligations, among a few other audits/assessments. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation. Conferral date is defined as the date your degree is officially awarded. Please note, you will receive your diploma whether you attend commencement or not.

Graduation Application & Graduate Checklist

Graduation is a celebration, a culmination of years of work towards your degree. There are several steps to complete before you are cleared to Graduate and participate in Commencement Exercises.

There are several steps to complete before you are cleared to Graduate and participate in Commencement Exercises.

The School of Health Professions requires a Graduation Application, regardless of your intention to participate at the commencement ceremony. Submitting your graduation application will ensure you are awarded your degree or certificate if all requirements have been met.

Students must be in good academic standing and cleared to graduate to participate in commencement.*

*NOTE: Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Certificate students: Students receiving a certificate but not a degree are not eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

ALL eligible graduates must complete the following:

  1. Commencement Participation Form - Application closes at midnight on July 29, 2022.
  2. Download & Print - Graduate Checklist and complete ALL action steps. Includes important deadlines and instructions on ordering Regalia (cap & gown) from Balfour.
  3. Download & Print - Graduate Commencement Day Schedule and Instructions (Draft)
    This schedule includes important details regarding rehearsal and FAQs. Students are highly encouraged to print, review and retain for reference. This document will be updated leading up to Commencement Day.

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 Graduate & Faculty Line Up, Expo A
  • 9:15 am Doors Open to General Seating, Expo B
  • 10:00 am Commencement ceremony begins, Expo B&C
  • 12:00 pm Ceremony ends (estimated)

Event Day Parking

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

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 PartyPics.com a few days after the ceremony by using the following password: shp0822

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

Future Commencement Dates

  • Friday, August 18, 2023
  • Friday, August 16, 2024
  • Friday, August 22, 2025
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

Site managed by the School of Health Professions • Last Updated: 14-JUN-2022