Graduation Commencement Ceremony and Rehearsal Information

As your professional studies at UTMB draw to a close, it is time to confirm the details of your rehearsal and graduation activities! Your SHP graduation ceremony will be an exciting and memorable occasion for you and your family and friends.

Students - Please note that School of Health Professions students DO NOT apply for graduation. Graduating students are identified by your department, so contact your advisor to ensure you have been added to the graduate list for the appropriate semester. Certificate students are not eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Please be advised that you must be up to date on all required compliance training. Failure to do so, could prevent you from participation in graduating and receiving your diploma.

Commencement Date(s)LocationRehearsal TimeStudent Line UpCeremony Time
Friday, August 12, 2016Moody Gardens
Convention Center,
Expo B&C
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Expo A
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Announcements and Academic Regalia (for students and faculty)
Academic regalia and announcements are available for purchase from the UTMB Bookstore. Ordering Information is available on their forms below:

Student Regalia are “Souvenir Gowns” and Included in Graduation Fee on SHP Student Tuition and Fee.
There are optional selections for souvenir tassels and other items. Please unclick/uncheck if you do not wish to purchase or you will be charged for these items.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2016

Students Regalia Order Instructions:

Click Here

Faculty Regalia Order Instructions:

Click Here

Planning ahead? The next commencements will be held:

Commencement Date(s)LocationRehearsal TimeStudent Line UpCeremony Time
Friday, August 11, 2017 Moody Gardens
Convention Center,
Expo B&C
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Expo A
2:00 PM
Friday, August 17, 2018 Moody Gardens
Convention Center,
Expo B&C
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Expo A
2:00 PM
Friday, August 16, 2019 Moody Gardens
Convention Center,
Expo B&C
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Expo A
2:00 PM
December Discontinued    

* Please note: Effective August 14, 2008, the School of Allied Health Sciences was renamed the School of Health Professions

Here are some additional important details:

  • Commencement Location Physical Addresses:
    Moody Gardens Conference Center, Expo B&C (Off Campus)
    Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX  77554
    Click here for directions
  • Ceremony Time: 2:00 pm, anticipate approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • Rehearsal: 9:00 am rehearsal is very important to your commencement exercises day, arrive on time. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Rehearsal lasts a minimum of 2 hours and you will have a short break before having to return at 1:00 pm to prepare for line up in Expo A. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs highly encourage and recommend that all graduating students attend rehearsal. We cannot be held responsible for any discomfort or embarrassment the student may encounter as a result of not being familiar with the ceremony. It is a courtesy to follow students to be informed. Not attending rehearsal and/or arriving late can affect the student in the following areas: robing, line up placement, name cards, processional, procedures of ceremony and diploma presentation, photos and recessional.
  • Guest Information, Arrival and Seating: There is no limit on the number of guests and tickets are not required for guests and they are seated on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors will open at 1:15pm. Large groups may want to arrive earlier to find seats together. Saved seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the procession and will be enforced by UTMB Police, Security and ushers. Doors will close if maximum capacity is reached. This decision is made by the Fire Marshall.
  • Guests with Disabilities: Family members and guests with disabilities are welcomed. Graduates and/or family members are strongly encouraged to submit seating requests as soon as possible. Wheelchair space and seating for mobility-impaired guests are both available on a first-come first-serve basis. One family member is permitted to sit with each person requiring seating for mobility-impaired. Other family members and friends may sit in the surrounding area. We will make every effort to accommodate parents and guests without advance accessible seating requests on the day of Commencement, however accessible seating is limited and advanced planning is strongly encouraged.
    If you have an accommodation request, please email Michelle Conley in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs by email at with the appropriate information and specific request. Advanced arrangements must be made to confirm special seating and early admittance. When you email your request, you will need to provide the name of the guest who needs the seating accommodation and the guest who will accompany them. We cannot guarantee specific location requests.
  • Parking:
    • For Moody Gardens ceremonies, parking is available in the Moody Gardens Convention Center Parking Garage and surrounding lots as directed.
  • Regalia/Caps & Gowns: Order your caps and gowns from the UTMB bookstore at least two months prior to graduation. You may order in person or by calling (409) 772-1939 or complete the order forms available on this page. Your cap and gown can be picked up during the week leading up to graduation until the 11am the day before commencement ceremony. Note: Be VERY VERY careful if you decide to iron your gown as they will melt if the iron is too hot!

    Pick up: An email will be sent out when caps and gowns arrive in the bookstore and available for pick up until 11am the day before commencement ceremony. In the event you are a distance student or if you did not pick up after the deadline, they will be available at Moody Gardens after rehearsal Friday morning.

    Policy of the Office of Academic & Student Affairs prohibits Commencement participants from decorating their caps and gowns or wearing any accessories that are not an official element of the academic regalia as it detracts from the dignity of the ceremony. Academic Honor cords and medallions may be worn because they are official.
  • Photography: UTMB photography will be taking pictures during the ceremony. All commencement photos can be viewed a few days after commencement at The passcode for that site for the 2016 August Commencement will be shp0816.
    2015 August/Summer Commencement was shp0815
    2014 August/Summer Commencement was shp0814
  • Videography/DVD: Discontinued.
  • DIPLOMA NAME FORM: You should have received an email communication from Enrollment Services regarding your diploma. In the event you are unable to locate this communique: Please go to MyStar and submit your diploma name.  We need this information so that we may order your diploma.
    PAS students have not received this email yet, but should receive it early during the Fall semester.  We encourage you not to wait for the email and proceed with updating this information now.

    In order to complete your Diploma Name you must follow these steps:
    1. Login to the MySTAR portal
    2. Under the Personal Information section of your Student Center main page click the Names link
    3. Click Add a New Name green button
    4. In the Name type drop down choose Diploma
    5. Leave prefix blank
    6. Complete first, middle, and last names these names must be part of your student record name.
    7. Click the Save green button
  • ID: After the ceremony in order to receive your diploma, you must show a picture ID that clearly identifies who you are. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Address Updates: Be sure to update all your contact information in mySTAR for Enrollment Services (include your correct address and a permanent/alternate email address).
  • Email / Alumni Email: Alumni email service has been discontinued at this time.
  • Office of Alumni and Parent Relations: Last year, the UTMB Office of Alumni and Parent Relations launched the UTMB Young Alumni Program. This is a fun way to stay connected after you graduate. Visit and "Like" the UTMB Young Alumni Facebook Page, today!

    If you have any questions, please contact the University Alumni Office Toll Free at 888-862-7111 or 409-772-5147.
  • Press Releases: Press releases on commencement are submitted to The Galveston Daily News. It is the responsibility of the student/graduate to forward this information to their respective hometown papers. News release and articles reside in the UTMB newsroom, located under the news/media tab on the web. For more information, please contact to Office of Public Affairs directly.

  • Hotel Info:

    Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center
    Rates: $159 (ask for UTMB School of Health Professions Commencement rate)
    Seven Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
    Phone (409) 741-8484 | Toll Free (888) 388-8484
    Website: Click Here

Good luck with your remaining classes and final papers!

See also: Commencement Songs