Friday, August 16, 2019
Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo B&C (Off Campus)
Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554
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 ONLY students are not eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.
ALL eligible graduates must complete the following:
- Apply for Graduation - Deadline: July 19, 2019
- Download & Print Graduate Checklist and complete ALL action steps.
- Download & Print Graduate Commencement Day Schedule
- This schedule includes important details regarding rehearsal and FAQs. Students are highly encouraged to print, review and retain for reference.
Graduate Commencement Day Schedule
- 9:00 am Report to Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo B&C
- 9:15 am Rehearsal begins (Students/Graduates ONLY)
- 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)
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.
Future Commencement Dates
- Friday, August 21, 2020
- Friday, August 20, 2021
- Friday, August 12, 2022
- Friday, August 11, 2023