Graduate raising his hand greeting family and friends in the stands

School of Health Professions

Class of 2023 Commencement

Friday, August 18, 2023
10:00 am
Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo B&C (Off Campus)
Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554

Live Stream Video Coming Soon! Revisit this page on event day.

Graduate Information
Future Commencement Dates
  • Friday, August 16, 2024
  • Friday, August 22, 2025
  • Friday, August 20, 2026
  • Friday, August 20, 2027
  • Friday, August 18, 2028
  • Friday, August 17, 2029
  • Friday, August 23, 2030

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.

Other Important Info

Commencement Info

  • Hotel Accomodations

    A room block for overnight accommodations for families and guests is available at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center. Please reserve your room by contacting the reservations department below and specify you are with the UTMB School of Health Professions Commencement.

    • Rates - $185 (ask for UTMB School of Health Professions Commencement rate)
    • Reservations - Must be made by July 20, 2023
    • Location - One Hope Boulevard; Galveston, Texas 77554
    • Phone - 409-741-8484
    • Toll Free - 888-388-8484
  • Accommodations for People with Disabilities

    All SHP Graduates and/or their guests who need ADA accommodation services to participate in the Commencement Exercises are asked to complete the Accessibility Notification Request Form at least 2 weeks before the ceremony date.

    For More Details: Accommodations for People with Disabilities

  • Flowers, Graduation Gifts & Rings

    Flower bouquets, diploma frames, and other gifts will be available for sale on graduation day. Please find the booths in the South Lobby foyer at the main entrance of the Moody Gardens Convention Center.

    Balfour Class Ring Ordering Site - Commemorate your time at UTMB and celebrate your new Alumni status by ordering your class ring through the Balfour website. Commemorate your time at UTMB and celebrate your new Alumni status by ordering your class ring through the Balfour website.

  • 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 following password: shp2023

  • 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

  • Previous Commencement Ceremonies

    2022 Virtual Commencement

    2021 Virtual Commencement

    2020 Virtual Commencement

    Resources to purchase a Commencement video and download the Order of Program can be found on each respective Commencement web page.

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