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Caps and Gowns for the Ceremony

To participate in Commencement, you must wear a cap and gown.

Cap and Gown must be ordered online through the UHCL Bookstore at

As soon as you have applied for graduation. If you miss the deadline for ordering your cap and gown, the UHCL Bookstore will have limited supply and sizes of caps and gowns available for purchase.

Your preordered Cap and Gown will be ready for pick up at the UHCL Bookstore the week of final exams. Please call the UHCL Bookstore to confirm business hours and if you have any further questions about caps and gowns at (281)283-2180.

UHCL Bookstore will offer replacement caps, gowns, tassels and hoods for purchase on the day of the ceremony.

Here are the formal details:

  • You can only wear the usual academic regalia on the cap and gown. Honor cords are an acceptable addition, but other items like ribbons and shawls are not.
  • Women wear their academic caps throughout the ceremony. Men remove their caps for the Invocation and Benediction.
  • Master’s degree students wear a master’s hood during the ceremony.
  • Master’s candidates wear their tassels on the left side of the cap.
  • Bachelor’s candidates start out with the tassel on the right side of their caps and move them to the left side after degrees are conferred by the President.
  • Any excessive decorations on caps and gowns are distracting and therefore inappropriate. The university reserves the right to require you to remove any embellishment deemed inappropriate by authorized university officials before you are permitted to participate in the ceremony.
  • Examples of inappropriate embellishment include, but are not limited to:

    1. Mortarboards with vulgar language, inappropriate verbiage or photos/graphic images
    2. Mortarboards with lights, balloons and other items that could pose a safety hazard
    3. Decorations that obstruct the view of people seated behind the graduate
    4. Designs with vertical structures or décor; elements used in the design must lay as flat to the mortar board as possible

Commencement Information

Fall 2014 Commencement
Sunday, December 14, 2014
NRG Arena

12:00 pm

School of Business (BUS)
School of Education (SOE)

5:00 pm

School of Human Sciences and Humanities (HSH)
School of Science and Computer Engineering (SCE)

Candidates may only participate in the ceremony for the school in which they are graduating.

Cap and Gown

Information for ordering your cap and gown.

Live Streaming

We will be streaming the ceremony live online, from NRG Arena. For all your loved ones to view.

Ceremony History

UHCL had its first graduation in 1974. We have developed a timeline for you to see how far we‘ve come.
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