UTHealth School of Public Health Graduation

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Welcome future alumni of the School of Public Health!

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Preparing for Graduation

Student Status and Degree Verification

Delta Omega Honor Society

After Graduation

Commencement


PREPARING FOR GRADUATION

Before you submit your graduation application, complete the following steps to ensure you're on track for graduation:

  1. Review your degree planner for the academic requirements of your degree and program.
  2. For students completing a thesis or dissertation, visit the Student Research page for assistance completing your research, and confirm you've reported all of your committee's members to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services.
  3. Meet with your academic advisor or committee to discuss your readiness for graduation.
  4. *Confirm your class schedule. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Now that you've completed the steps above, it's time to:

  • Select the tab for your degree, and review the graduation requirements.
  • Add deadline reminders to your personal calendar(s).

For information on graduation and commencement, email the graduation team at sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu, or call us at 713-500-9029. You can also visit our office in Student Services, RAS E-201.

*MD/MPH students should contact their advisor for enrollment requirements.


STUDENT STATUS AND DEGREE VERIFICATION

  • The Office of the Registrar are the official manager of records and verifiers of enrollment and degrees for UTHealth. Therefore, any requests for confirmation of a student’s or alumni’s academic standing should be submitted to their office.
  • Graduates with holds from any department in UTHealth will not receive any type of degree verification from the Office of the Registrar, nor the diploma when it is available from our office.

DELTA OMEGA HONOR SOCIETY IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Delta Omega is the national honor society in public health, founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University. The UTHealth School of Public Health is home to the Alpha Iota chapter, one of 72 chapters.  Our Delta Omega faculty advisor is Paula E. Stigler Granados, Ph.D.

Nominations are open to all UTHealth School of Public Health graduation candidates and alumni who possess exceptional qualifications and have attained meritorious national or international distinction in the field of public health. A list of all graduation candidates and recent graduates is distributed to faculty, who can nominate any of those listed. Nominees are then reviewed by the Delta Omega committee, and those selected are invited to join. There is a one-time fee of $50.00 for membership.

The list of new Delta Omega nominees appears in the commencement program, and the names of those in attendance are announced during the commencement ceremony.

Details on Delta Omega can be found at their website, http://www.deltaomega.org/ Graduates can also contact JR Bright for more information.


AFTER GRADUATION

Diplomas

Diplomas are available approximately four months after the degree conferral date. Summer and fall graduates receive their diplomas before commencement through pick up from the Houston campus, or by mail. Spring graduates will receive their diplomas in September.

Diploma Frames: UTHealth School of Public Health diploma frames are available through USA Diploma Frames. Shipping is free for orders made online or at the ceremony.

Tips for ordering frames online from USA Diploma Frames:

  1. Select the "Single Horizontal Document" layout. Our diplomas, like most, are landscape oriented.
  2. No need to enter the diploma size, our diploma size is on file with the vendor.
  3. If you choose embossing, the UTHealth School of Public Health logo will be placed at the bottom center of the matting.
  4. Enter promotional code CLASSOF2016 to receive 20% off of your order.

Diploma Size: Diplomas are 12" x 16" in size. If you order from another vendor, make sure you indicate the diploma's dimensions.

Lost Diplomas: If you lose your diploma or wish to order a duplicate, submit a request for a duplicate diploma with the Office of the Registrar or contact them at registrar@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3361.

Name Changes: Alumni who need a name change on their diploma must submit a name change request form, and contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3361 to request a reprint.

UTHealth Email Account

Student email accounts become inactive 90 days after graduation. Graduates will receive UTHealth alumni email accounts before their student accounts are deactivated. Post-graduation communication will be sent to graduates' personal email and alumni email accounts.


COMMENCEMENT

For more information about commencement, including ordering regalia, select the “Commencement” tab.

Almost There…

The following steps are required for graduation and must be completed by the designated deadline for each semester. Students at campuses outside of Houston should contact their campus coordinator(s) for additional requirements.


MPH-CAPSTONE COURSE OPTION REQUIREMENTS

MPH:

  • Minimum 45 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework
    • A maximum of six hours of combined practicum and capstone may be counted toward the total 45 hours
  • Successful completion of capstone course

Course waivers, substitutions and incompletes:

  • Students must submit the appropriate form(s) for any course waivers or substitutions.
  • Students cannot graduate with an I received in any course. All Is must be resolved by the end of a student's graduating semester.

CHECK YOUR STATUS THROUGH MYUTH

Your personal graduation checklist is available by logging in to myUTH.

  • In the "Self Service" section, click on the "Holds and To Do" link.
  • Each item in the "To Do" list is a hyperlink that leads to a description of the requirement and instructions for completion.
  • As documents are submitted and processed, they are removed from your checklist.
  • Please allow three business days for processing of submitted documents.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES

Requirements and Deadlines Overview

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Apply for Graduation (Steps 1-3)

  • Apply for graduation through your myUTH student account. A one time $75.00 graduation fee will be added to your myUTH account.

June 24, 2016

October 13, 2016

February 16, 2017

Final Submission (Steps 4-8)

Final submission of all remaining graduation forms, payment of the application fee, and completion of all clearances. Links to forms and instructions for clearances are below.

August 12, 2016

December 9, 2016

April 28, 2017

Degree Conferral/Graduation Date

This is the date that will be listed on your transcript and any other degree confirmation as the official degree completion date. Please note that confirmation of the degree completion date is based on posted final grades and final audits, which can continue up to four weeks after this date.

August 16, 2016

December 16, 2016

May 5, 2017

Commencement

For more information about commencement, click on the "Commencement" tab at the top of the page.

TBA

Steps to Graduation: MPH Capstone

1 Prepare by completing the following:
  1. Review your degree planner for the academic requirements of your degree and program.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your readiness for graduation.
  3. *Confirm your class schedule. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they plan to graduate.

*MD/MPH students should contact their advisor for enrollment requirements.

2 Apply for graduation through myUTH.
3 Complete the online Intent to Graduate form, available after the twelfth class day of each semester, and submit a hard copy of the Intent to Graduate Signature page to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201, or sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu. The signature page is generated after submitting the online intent form.
4 Your academic advisor must be accurately reflected in your student record. If your advisor has changed, submit the Change of Advisor form to the Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201.
5 Submit an evaluation form if the previous form is more than one year old from the date of graduation (two semesters). Evaluation forms should be turned in to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201,or sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu.
6 If you elected one of the six approved concentrations offered by the UTHealth School of Public Health, submit the Concentration Completion form  to Sharon Cummings, RAS W-232.
7 CLEARANCE PROCEDURES

Note: The graduation clearance item will be removed from your myUTH checklist within two weeks after the end of semester, when all grades for the current semester have been submitted.

Academic Clearance

Academic clearance involves successful completion of all courses taken during the current semester and resolving courses with incomplete (I) grades or missing course requirements.

University Clearance

For university clearance, students must clear ALL holds and to dos from their myUTH account. Each item is hyperlinked to a description of the item and instructions to clear it from the account.

The following departments will add holds in myUTH for outstanding fees or requirements:

Badge and Keys

Badges are deactivated immediately after graduation unless you are continuing your education with the School of Public Health.

Students who need access after graduation must send an email to Robin Baker, Robin.Baker@uth.tmc.edu, and copy sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu and their supervisor in the department authorizing continued badge access.

  • Houston Campus
    • Turn in ID badges and keys to Robin Baker, RAS W-110.
    • Mail them through a courier with delivery confirmation to: Robin Baker, 1200 Pressler Dr. RAS W-110, Houston, Texas 77030.
  • Regional Campuses
    • Turn in keys and badges to the appropriate department at your campus.
8 Complete the Constituent Survey:  Your feedback is very important to us!  Your responses directly relate to our current and future practices at the UTHealth School of Public Health.  All surveys are confidential, although we are able to determine who has and has not completed the exit survey.

Almost There…

The following steps are required for graduation and must be completed by the designated deadline for each semester. Students at campuses outside of Houston should contact their campus coordinator(s) for additional requirements.


MPH WCE AND MS REQUIREMENTS

MPH WCE/thesis:

  • Minimum 45 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework
    • A maximum of six hours of combined practicum and thesis may be counted toward the total 45 hours

MS:

  • A minimum of 36 total credit hours
    • At least 30 credit hours of coursework
    • A maximum of six hours of thesis may be counted toward the total 36 hours
  • Completion of a minor

Course waivers, substitutions and incompletes:

  • Students must submit the appropriate form(s) for any course waivers or substitutions.
  • Students cannot graduate with an I received in any course. All Is must be resolved by the end of a student's graduating semester.

CHECK YOUR STATUS THROUGH MYUTH

Your personal graduation checklist is available by logging in to myUTH.

  • In the "Self Service" section, click on the "Holds and To Do" link.
  • Each item in the "To Do" list is a hyperlink that leads to a description of the requirement and instructions for completion.
  • As documents are submitted and processed, they are removed from your checklist.
  • Please allow three business days for processing of submitted documents.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES

Requirements and Deadlines Overview

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Apply for Graduation (Steps 1-3)

  • Apply for graduation through your myUTH student account. A one time $75.00 graduation fee will be added to your myUTH account.

June 24, 2016

October 13, 2016

February 16, 2017

Final Submission (Steps 4-12)

Final submission of all remaining graduation graduation forms and thesis requirements, payment of the application fee, and completion of all clearances. Links to forms and instructions for completing requirements are below.

August 12, 2016

December 9, 2016

April 28, 2017

Degree Conferral/Graduation Date

This is the date that will be listed on your transcript and any other degree confirmation as the official degree completion date. Please note that submission of final grades and processing by the Office of the Registrar occurs after this date.

August 16, 2016

December 16, 2016

May 5, 2017

Commencement

For more information about commencement, click on the "Commencement" tab at the top of the page.

TBA

Steps to Graduation: MPH WCE/Thesis and MS

1 Prepare by completing the following:
  1. Review your degree planner for the academic requirements of your degree and program.
  2. Visit the Student Research page for assistance completing your research.
  3. Confirm you've reported all of your committee's members to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor or committee to discuss your readiness for graduation.
  5. *Confirm your class schedule. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they plan to graduate.

*MD/MPH students should contact their advisor for enrollment requirements.

2 Apply for graduation through myUTH.
3 Complete the online Intent to Graduate form, available after the twelfth class day of each semester, and submit a hard copy of the Intent to Graduate Signature page to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201, or sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu. The signature page is generated after submitting the online intent form.
4 Your committee must be accurately reflected in your student record. If any of your committee members have changed, submit the appropriate committee form to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201.
5 Submit an evaluation form if the previous form is more than one year old from the date of graduation (two semesters). Evaluation forms should be turned in to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201,or sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu.
6 If you elected one of the six approved concentrations offered by the UTHealth School of Public Health, submit the Concentration Completion form to Sharon Cummings, RAS W-232.
7 Complete your Written CE/Thesis using the Templates and Template Checklist available on the Student Research webpage (Templates tab) at: https://sph.uth.edu/research/student-research/
8

 Oral presentation (required for all MPH students, and only MS students starting fall 2014 or later):

  • Create a list of potential presentation dates.
  • Contact your committee for their availability on the proposed presentation dates.
  • After confirming the date(s) with your committee, schedule a room by submitting a request through the room reservation system, Astra.
  • Presentations must be announced to the public (ex. flyers around the school, School of Public Health newsletters submission to sphannounce@uth.tmc.edu, shown on the School of Public Health first floor monitors).
  • Email a copy of the flyer, or notification that your presentation is included in the student newsletter, to sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu.
  • Discuss presentation structure and guidelines with your committee.
9 Signatures: Obtain all committee member signatures on the WCE/Thesis signature page (see Step 7 above for required Templates and Template Checklist). Please Note: All committee members must sign the signature page. Electronic (scanned) signatures will be accepted in lieu of original signatures when necessary

Houston students: Submit an electronic copy of your signed WCE/Thesis signature page to: Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu and sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu. Alternately, you may submit the original printed signature page plus one (1) copy of the signature page to: Office of Student Affairs, RAS E-201.

Regional campus students: Submit your signed WCE/Thesis signature page to your campus coordinator no later than the final WCE/Thesis deadline.

10 Upload your final WCE/Thesis document to ProQuest ETD at: http://dissertations.umi.com/tmcsph.  Uploads must be completed by the final deadline. For assistance with ProQuest, please see the “Resources and Guidelines” tab on the ProQuest ETD website or contact Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu

Please Note: Committee member signatures do not need to be showing on the signature page of your upload. However, the signature page should be included, with blank space showing above the signature lines.

11 CLEARANCE PROCEDURES

Note: The graduation clearance item will be removed from your myUTH checklist within two weeks after the end of semester, when all grades for the current semester have been submitted.

Academic Clearance

Academic clearance involves successful completion of all courses taken during the last semester and resolving courses with incomplete (I) grades or missing course requirements.

Research Clearance 

Students who received a CPHS approval or Exemption letter through iRIS (in the student’s own name): Submit a Study Closure Report in iRIS at: https://iris.uth.tmc.edu/ Log in to iRIS. Click on “My Studies.” Open your WCE/Thesis study. In the column of available forms, select “Study Closure Report.” Click “Add a New Report.” Answer all questions and upload a copy of your abstract to the end of the report. Sign off/submit the report through iRIS.

For assistance, please contact the iRIS Helpline at: 713-500-7960 or Rebecca Novak at: Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-9055

Please Note: If your CE/Thesis did not require IRB review, or if you were added to a UT faculty member’s protocol in iRIS, then you will not need to complete this step.  

University Clearance

For university clearance, students must clear ALL holds and to dos from their myUTH account. Each item is hyperlinked to a description of the item and instructions to clear it from the account.

The following departments will add holds in myUTH for outstanding fees or requirements:

Badge and Keys

Badges are deactivated immediately after graduation unless you are continuing your education with the School of Public Health.

Students who need access after graduation must send an email to Robin Baker, Robin.Baker@uth.tmc.edu, and copy sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu and their supervisor in the department authorizing continued badge access.

  • Houston Campus
    • Turn in ID badges and keys to Robin Baker, RAS W-110.
    • Mail them through a courier with delivery confirmation to: Robin Baker, 1200 Pressler Dr. RAS W-110, Houston, Texas 77030.
  • Regional Campuses
    • Turn in keys and badges to the appropriate department at your campus.
12 Complete the Constituent Survey:  Your feedback is very important to us!  Your responses directly relate to our current and future practices at the UTHealth School of Public Health.  All surveys are confidential, although we are able to determine who has and has not completed the exit survey.

Almost There…

The following steps are required for graduation and must be completed by the designated deadline for each semester. Students at campuses outside of Houston should contact their campus coordinator(s) for additional requirements.


DOCTORAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

DrPH:

  • Minimum 48 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework
    • A maximum of nine hours of combined practicum and dissertation may be counted toward the total 48 hours
  • Completion of a minor and second minor or breadth
  • Completion of dissertation

PhD:

  • Minimum 48 total credit hours
    • At least 39 credit hours of coursework
    • A maximum of nine hours of dissertation may be counted toward the total 48 hours
  • Completion of a minor and second minor or breadth
  • Completion of dissertation

Course waivers, substitutions and incompletes:

  • Students must submit the appropriate form(s) for any course waivers or substitutions.
  • Students cannot graduate with an I received in any course. All Is must be resolved by the end of a student's graduating semester.

CHECK YOUR STATUS THROUGH MYUTH

Your personal graduation checklist is available by logging in to myUTH.

  • In the "Self Service" section, click on the "Holds and To Do" link.
  • Each item in the "To Do" list is a hyperlink that leads to a description of the requirement and instructions for completion.
  • As documents are submitted and processed, they are removed from your checklist.
  • Please allow three business days for processing of submitted documents.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES

Requirements and Deadlines Overview

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Deadline to Apply for Graduation (Steps 1-3)

  • Apply for graduation through your myUTH student account. A one-time $75.00 graduation fee will be added to your account.

June 24, 2016

October 13, 2016

February 16, 2017

First Dissertation Draft Deadline (Step 4)

Email an electronic copy of your dissertation draft to: Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu for format review of margins, headings, page numbers, etc.  Committee signatures are not required at this stage. Required Templates and Template Checklist are available at: https://sph.uth.edu/research/student-research/ 

July 22, 2016

TBD

TBD

Final Submission Deadline (Steps 5-14)

Final submission of all remaining graduation forms and dissertation requirements, payment of the application fee, and completion of all clearances. Links to forms and instructions for completing requirements are below.

August 12, 2016

December 9, 2016

April 28, 2017

Degree Conferral/Graduation Date

This is the date that will be listed on your transcript and any other degree confirmation as the official degree completion date. Please note that submission of final grades and processing by the Office of the Registrar occurs after this date.

August 16, 2016

December 16, 2016

May 5, 2017

Steps to Graduation: Doctoral

1 Prepare by completing the following:
  1. Review your degree planner for the academic requirements of your degree and program.
  2. For students completing a dissertation, visit the Student Research page for assistance completing your research, and confirm you've reported all of your committee's members to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services.
  3. Meet with your academic advisor or committee to discuss your readiness for graduation.
  4. *Confirm your class schedule. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they plan to graduate.
2 Apply for graduation through myUTH.
3 Complete the online Intent to Graduate form, available after the twelfth class day of each semester, and submit a hard copy of the Intent to Graduate Signature page to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201, or sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu. The signature page is generated after submitting the online intent form.
4 Submit a first draft of your dissertation to Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu for format review. Format review includes proper margins, headings, page numbers, etc. Committee signatures are not required at this stage. Use the appropriate Style Template and Template Checklist from: https://sph.uth.edu/research/student-research/  Contact Rebecca Novak for questions at Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu RAS E229, 713-500-9055.
5 Your committee must be accurately reflected in your student record. If any of your committee members have changed, submit the appropriate committee form to the Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201.
6 Submit an evaluation form if the previous form is more than one year old from the date of graduation (two semesters). Evaluation forms should be turned in to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201 or sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu.
7 If you elected one of the six approved concentrations offered by the UTHealth School of Public Health, submit the Concentration Completion form to Sharon Cummings, RAS W-232.
8

 Dissertation defense:

  1. Create a list of potential presentation dates.
  2. Contact your committee for their availability on the proposed presentation dates.
  3. After confirming the date with your committee, schedule a room by submitting a request through the room reservation system, Astra.
  4. Presentations must be announced to the public (ex. flyers around the school, submit to sphannounce@uth.tmc.edu for inclusion in the school newsletters).
  5. If you choose to post flyers, email a copy of the flyer to sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu.
  6. Discuss presentation structure and guidelines with your committee.
9 Doctoral students who started in fall 2011 or later and any doctoral students who took the Preliminary Exam must submit the Doctoral Dissertation Defense form to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services, RAS E-201. To save time in obtaining all of the signatures, take the form to your dissertation defense.
10 Submit your final, printed dissertation to Rebecca Novak, RAS E-229 Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu or your regional campus coordinator. Dissertations should be printed on 100% cotton paper (such as Thesis or Business paper, 32 lb. weight). Printing must be one-sided, with all dissertation committee member signatures in black ink.
11

Upload your final dissertation document to ProQuest ETD at: http://dissertations.umi.com/tmcsph.  For assistance with ProQuest, please see the “Resources and Guidelines” tab on the ProQuest ETD website or contact Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu

Please Note: Committee member signatures do not need to show on the upload. However, the actual signature page should be included, with blank spaces showing above the signature lines.

12 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students only:  Complete the Survey of Earned Doctorate (SED). After filling out the registration form at http://sed.norc.org/survey, you will receive a PIN, password, and URL to the survey. Once the survey is submitted, it is automatically sent to our office, and no further action is needed.
13 CLEARANCE PROCEDURES

Note: The graduation clearance item will be removed from your myUTH checklist within two weeks after the end of semester, when all grades for the current semester have been submitted.

Academic Clearance

Academic clearance involves successful completion of all courses taken during the last semester and resolving courses with incomplete (I) grades or missing course requirements.

Research Clearance 

Students who received a CPHS approval or Exemption letter in their name through iRIS: Submit a Study Closure Report in iRIS at: https://iris.uth.tmc.edu/ Log in to iRIS. Click on “My Studies.” Open your dissertation study. In the column of available forms, select “Study Closure Report.” Click “Add a New Report.” Answer all questions and upload a copy of your abstract to the end of the report. Sign off/submit the report through iRIS. For assistance, please contact the iRIS Helpline at: 713-500-7960 or Rebecca Novak at: Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-9055

Please Note: If your dissertation did not require IRB review, or if you were added to a UTHSC-H faculty member’s IRB protocol, then you do not need to complete an iRIS Study Closure Report.  

University Clearance

For university clearance, students must clear ALL holds and to dos from their myUTH account. Each item is hyperlinked to a description of the item and instructions to clear it from the account.

*The following departments will add holds in myUTH for outstanding fees or requirements:

*Graduates will not receive any form of degree verification from the Office of the Registrar or the UTHealth School of Public Health if any holds from any UTHealth department remain on the account.

Badge and Keys

Badges are deactivated immediately after graduation unless you are continuing your education with the School of Public Health.

Students who need access after graduation must send an email to Robin Baker, Robin.Baker@uth.tmc.edu, and copy sphgraduation@uth.tmc.edu and their supervisor in the department authorizing continued badge access.

  • Houston Campus
    • Turn in ID badges and keys to Robin Baker, RAS W-110.
    • Mail them through a courier with delivery confirmation to: Robin Baker, 1200 Pressler Dr. RAS W-110, Houston, Texas 77030.
  • Regional Campuses
    • Turn in keys and badges to the appropriate department on your campus.
14 Complete the Constituent Survey:  Your feedback is very important to us!  Your responses directly relate to our current and future practices at the UTHealth School of Public Health.  All surveys are confidential, although we are able to determine who has and has not completed the exit survey.

Commencement 2016

UTHealth School of Public Health holds its annual commencement ceremony at the end of each spring semester. All students who are awarded their degree during summer 2015, fall 2015, and spring 2016 are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Jump to:

General Information

Commencement Preparation

Commencement Day


GENERAL INFORMATION

Commencement Communication

  • Summer and fall graduates will receive commencement announcements through their UTHealth school-issued alumni email account, and the personal email listed on the intent to graduate form or commencement RSVP form.
  • Spring graduation candidates' commencement announcements will be sent to their UTHealth school-issued email address.

Commencement Announcement

Graduates and guests can download the 2016 commencement announcement here.

Event Details

DATE:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

VENUE:

Bayou City Event Center

9401 Knight Road

Houston, TX 77045

Map to Bayou City Event Center

TIME:

  • Graduates must arrive by 12:15pm.
  • Group photo in full regalia at 1:15pm.
  • Ceremony takes place 2:00pm-4:00pm.
  • Reception immediately following the ceremony.

RECEPTION:

A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Bayou City Event Center pavilion, located directly across from the main building. All commencement participants and their guests are welcome to attend. Heavy hot and cold appetizers with vegetarian and vegan options, and dessert will be served. Non-alcoholic beverages along with a cash bar offering beer and wine (21+ with proper ID only) will also be available.

LIVE STREAM:

For families, friends, and UTHealth students, staff and faculty who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, a live stream will be available.

At 1:45pm, the live feed will appear with the UTHealth logo. At 2:00pm, the ceremony will begin with the processional.

Link: UTHealth School of Public Health Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony Live Stream

SPEAKER: 

Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver the 2016 spring graduation address for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Glass has been director of the Fogarty International Center, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as associate director for international research at the NIH since 2006.

Glass earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Buenos Aires upon his graduation in 1967. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 1972. Glass joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1977 as a medical officer assigned to the Environmental Hazards Branch.

Working in Bangladesh from 1979-1983, Glass was a scientist at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research. He later went to Sweden where he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Goteborg. In 1984, he joined the NIH Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, where he worked on the molecular biology of rotavirus. He returned to the CDC in 1986 as the chief of the Viral Gastroenteritis Unit at the National Center for Infectious Diseases.

The prevention of gastroenteritis from rotaviruses and noroviruses through the application of novel scientific research are among his main research interests. Glass has maintained field studies in India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Vietnam, China and elsewhere; his research has been focused on epidemiological studies to anticipate the introduction of rotavirus vaccines. Glass is fluent in and often lectures in five languages in addition to English (Bengali, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).

Glass has received numerous awards including the prestigious Charles C. Shepard Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award presented by the CDC in recognition of his 30-year career of scientific research application and leadership; and the Dr. Charles Merieux Award from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases for his work on rotavirus vaccines in the developing world. Glass is also the recipient of the 2015 Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and he has co-authored more than 600 research papers and chapters.

He is married to Barbara Stoll, M.D., who is the H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences and dean of the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. He is also the father of three children: Nina, Michael and Andy Glass.

FACULTY MARSHAL

Dejian Lai, Ph.D.

Dejian Lai, Ph.D. will serve as Faculty Marshal for the spring 2016 commencement ceremony. Dr. Lai has been a faculty member with UTHealth School of Public Health since 1994. He is a professor and the faculty admissions representative with the Biostatistics department and the immediate past chair of the UTHealth SPH Faculty Council.

STUDENT MARSHAL: 

 Dr. Springer Student Marshal

Andrew E. Springer, DrPH will serve as Student Marshal for the spring 2016 commencement ceremony. Dr. Springer has been a faculty member with UTHealth School of Public Health since 2006. He is an assistant professor with the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences department, an alumni earning both an MPH and DrPH from the school and the runner-up for this year's John P. McGovern Award for Outstanding Teaching.


COMMENCEMENT PREPARATION

Regalia

All graduates participating in commencement are required to wear regalia to the ceremony. Regalia for graduates and faculty members will be available for rental or purchase from Graduate Affairs.  Contact Graduate Affairs at sales@graduateaffairs.com with any questions or concerns about ordering or renting regalia.

Picking up regalia:

  • Rented regalia is brought to the ceremony by the vendor, ready to wear onsite. Regalia rentals will not be shipped directly to graduates.
  • After the close of the ceremony, graduates will return the gown to the vendor before departing from the venue. Graduates can keep the cap/tam and tassel as a souvenir at no additional charge.

If you purchase instead of rent the regalia, it will be shipped to your address. There is a $15.00 shipping fee for purchased regalia.

Regalia order deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016

Regalia rental prices: Master-$40.00, Doctoral-$60.00

Regalia ordered after the April 1st deadline is subject to a $25.00 late fee and a $15.00 shipping fee.

Tips for submitting your order:

  • Graduates have the option to rent or buy their regalia. Most graduates choose to rent.
  • When placing a rental order, choose "No" for the buy options before adding the regalia to the cart. See example below.
To rent, choose "No" on the purchase options.

Regalia Order Screenshot

  • Click on "Add This to My Cart" at the top to continue with the rental. Do not press the "Next" button at the bottom.

Tassels: Tassels are worn on the right-side of the cap before the end of the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, switch your tassel to the left.

Attire

  • The dress for graduates (under regalia) and guests is business casual.
  • Certain apparel appearing outside of the regalia (i.e. pants, long dresses or skirts, socks, shoes) should be dark in color.
  • Due to the warm weather conditions that are typical during May, lightweight clothing is recommended for apparel worn under the regalia.
  • Necklaces should be tucked inside of the regalia.
  • No props (i.e. feather boas, glow-in-the-dark or lighted items, bells, etc.) should be worn with the regalia.

Announcements

Graduate Affairs also offers an announcement package with customization options.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (Doctoral Students Only)

Hooding of UTHealth School of Public Health doctoral students is performed by the chair or research supervisor and one other member of the doctoral committee. The commencement RSVP survey includes a section to designate two UTHealth School of Public Health faculty from your committee to perform your doctoral hooding at the ceremony. Your third choice will be an alternate in case one member cannot attend.

Hooder designation: Before designating two faculty members, contact them for their availability. The Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services does not contact the faculty members to affirm their status as your hooder.

Name Pronunciation 

Participants will receive instructions for providing name pronunciation prior to the ceremony.


COMMENCEMENT DAY

Graduates

To help you plan your day, please view the complete itinerary here.

Graduates must arrive by 12:15pm

Before the ceremony, graduates will:

  • Pick up and dress in full regalia
  • Visit the photographer if interested in purchasing individual photos
  • Gather for the group photo
  • Line up for the walk into the ceremony area

After the ceremony, graduates will:

  • Return the gown
    • Graduates can keep the cap/tam and tassel as a souvenir at no additional charge.
  • Pick up individual photos and take family photos, if desired

For a map of inside the venue, please click here.

Ceremony Decorum

  • Cell phones should be turned on vibrate or off during the ceremony.
  • Horns or other noise making devices are not allowed.
  • Please refrain from bringing props or other unnecessary items.
  • The foyer is available for calming children.
  • The only pets allowed are service animals for the disabled, which must remain leashed and accompany the owner or their party throughout the venue.
  • Guests can take pictures and record the ceremony, but must do so from their seats.
  • Gifts should be presented before or after the ceremony, not during the processional or ceremony.

Parking  

Parking is free for graduates and guests. The designated parking areas will be clearly marked.

Special Needs

Email the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services  at least one week in advance if you, a family member or guest, have a disability that requires special accommodations. You may also contact us at 713-500-9032.

Guests

Seating: Guests will be seated as they arrive. Fifteen minutes before the ceremony, attendees will be unable to hold seats for guests. Late arrivals will be seated where space is available.

Graduation Booklets: A booklet will be provided to each graduate at the ceremony. A limited supply will also be available for families.

Photographs

Photographer schedule:

11:15am-12:30pm     Take individual photos for purchase

1:15pm-1:35pm        Group photo-all graduates

2:00pm-4:00pm        Print individual picture orders

4:15pm-5:30pm        Graduates pick up picture orders, take individual and family photos for purchase

Graduates may choose to purchase photos printed onsite or may place delivery orders directly from the photographer.  Pricing and details available here, or contact J & C Digital at jandcdigital@gmail.com or 713-880-1847 for more details.  

J&C Digital Photography Packages 

Past School of Public Health Commencement Ceremony Pictures

Diplomas

The scroll received at commencement is not the official diploma. Diplomas are available approximately four months after the degree conferral date. Summer and fall graduates receive their diplomas before commencement through pick up from the Houston campus, or by mail. Spring graduates will receive their diplomas in September.

Diploma Frames: UTHealth School of Public Health diploma frames will be available for order at the ceremony and online through USA Diploma Frames. Shipping is free for orders made online or at the ceremony.

Tips for ordering frames online from USA Diploma Frames:

  1. Select the "Single Horizontal Document" layout. Our diplomas, like most, are landscape oriented.
  2. No need to enter the diploma size, our diploma size is on file with the vendor.
  3. If you choose embossing, the UTHealth School of Public Health logo will be placed at the bottom center of the matting.
  4. Enter promotional code CLASSOF2016 to receive 20% off of your order.

USA Diploma Frames Order Form

Diploma Size: Diplomas are 12" x 16" in size. If you order from another vendor, make sure you indicate the diploma's dimensions.

Lost Diplomas: If you lose your diploma or wish to order a duplicate, submit a request for a duplicate diploma with the Office of the Registrar or contact them at registrar@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3361.

Name Changes: Alumni who need a name change on their diploma must submit a name change request form and contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uth.tmc.edu or 713-500-3361 to request a reprint.