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2022 University Commencement for the Law Center

The University of Houston has announced that we will be hosting in-person commencement ceremonies. All graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage, have their name called and their photo taken.

Please submit your RSVP by April 1, 2022.   The RSVP guarantees that your name will be published the way that you want it. You do not have to attend to have your name published in the program.  You also get to cast your vote for Student Speakers for your class. 

2022 Video Wall

Date:   

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Time:

9:00am – 10:30am

Location: 

Fertitta Center
3422 Cullen Blvd
Houston, TX 77204

Clear Bag Policy: The Fertitta Center enforces a clear bag policy to ensure safety for our guests. Items such as backpacks, purses and diaper bags are not permitted, and fans are strongly encouraged to not bring any bags to the facility.

The following items will be allowed inside Fertitta Center events:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches
  • 1-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar)
  • A small clutch purse no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap (These small clutches remain subject to search)

Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the doors by arena personnel.

Live Stream link:  https://uh.edu/commencement/live/law/

Guest: Tickets will be required for all University Commencement ceremonies. Each Graduate will be mailed a link to download six (6) electronic tickets closer to the date of their ceremony. Graduates themselves will not require a ticket. Children two (2) years of age and younger will not require tickets. Additional tickets will not be issued.

Attention: August 2022 graduates need to RSVP to participate in the ceremony by March 25th; you will officially file for August graduation online in May.

University of Houston Law Center
Commencement Speaker

Dianne Ralston
VP and GC of Schlumberger

Dianne Ralston
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Schlumberger

Dianne Ralston is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Schlumberger Limited, a leading provider of technology and services to the energy industry worldwide, a role she assumed in December 2020.

Before assuming the role, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of TechnipFMC, a global energy services and engineering company, and served as General Counsel of FMC Technologies and the time of its merger with Technip to form TechnipFMC.

She previously served as General Counsel of Weatherford International and has held executive leadership positions throughout the energy services sector including a prior tenure with Schlumberger of more than 15 years.

Ms. Ralston attended Texas A&M University and graduated with degrees in marketing and business analysis. She graduated from UHLC magna cum laude in 1994 and began her legal practice with Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski) as a civil litigator.

She is married to Andrew Ralston, General Counsel of Ascend Performance Materials, and they have two daughters.

Dianne is a member of the UHLC Women of the Law Steering Committee and UH Energy Advisory Board.

 

Important Dates

March 2nd – March 26th

Regalia Online Ordering – you will order regalia and announcement online at https://herff.ly/uh

Note: It is important that you order regalia at your earliest; missing the deadline may prevent you from participating in the ceremony as it takes several weeks for regalia to ship.

Before May 2nd

Graduate Survey

You must complete the Graduate survey 48 hours before picking up your regalia. The Career Office will email the survey to you in the coming weeks.

May 2nd – 13th

Regalia Pick up from the Campus Bookstore

Graduates will pick-up regalia at the Campus Store only. Regalia will only be released to students that have completed the Graduate Survey.

(The Campus bookstore is not open on weekends)

May 2nd – 13th Pick-up Line Card and Commencement Day instructions in the Office of Student Services

May 15th

Commencement Ceremony
9:00am at the Fertitta Center

Graduates must arrive no later than 8:00am for line-up

 

Rental of Graduation Regalia
(Only official UH Regalia can be worn for the ceremony)

The Law Center will pay for the regalia rental for those students who fill out the Graduate Survey, which will be sent to the graduates by the Career Development Office. If you choose not to fill out the survey, you will be responsible for the rental payment of your regalia.

JD and LLM students wear the same regalia!
Regalia is mandatory to participate in the ceremony.

Graduates will order regalia online through Herff-Jones ( https://herff.ly/uh) March 2, 2022 – March 26, 2022. Click on the link for the Law Center, then click on the Cap & Gown Icon. Lastly, click on the Graduation Regalia icon and fill in your information.

There will be other items listed, (Keepsake stole, mini-tassel, keychain, etc.) that you can purchase as mementos, but these are not required. You get to keep the tam and hood as a keepsake from the Law Center.

Regalia ordered after the deadline will go through the Campus Store only, and availability will be based on surplus in the store. There’s no guarantee that regalia will be available in your size.

Regalia Pick- up

Distribution of regalia is May 2 – May 13, 2022 at the Campus Bookstore. Regalia will only be released to students that have completed the online Graduate Survey, unless the student chooses to pay for the regalia themselves. You should make sure that you have completed the survey a minimum of 48 hours before you go to pick up your regalia.

Campus Store – (713) 741-7095 or houston@bkstr.com

If you miss any of these deadlines, you should contact the UH bookstore immediately, (713) 741-6311. The Law Center cannot get regalia for you.

Note: Remember to return your regalia by May 20, 2022 to the bookstore. The bookstore will be present after the ceremony on May 15th to receive regalia returns.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

LINE CARDS

Additional information will be available to pick-up in the Office of Student Services May 2 – May 13, 2022.

HONOR CORDS

The only honor cords worn at the Law Commencement ceremony are those special honor cords presented by the Order of the Barons to their members.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The Law Center Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the Fertitta Center, beginning at 9:00 am and lasts approximately 1 ½ hours.

RETURN OF REGALIA

There will be Campus Store personnel to take your regalia after the ceremony or you may return it to the Campus Bookstore by the May 20, 2022 deadline. A late fee and/or a “hold” will be placed on your record if you miss the given deadline.

DIPLOMAS

The Commencement Ceremony is a hooding ceremony only; diplomas are not handed out at the ceremony. Your diploma will be mailed to you later during the Summer after your final grades are posted, and the University has cleared your record of all academic and financial obligations. If you have an outstanding balance with the University for any expense such as tuition, parking citations, library fines, etc.; you will not be certified as a graduate until it is resolved.

NOTE: The name on the diploma and the mailing address is based on the information that you submitted when you applied to graduate online.

PHOTOGRAPHS

A professional photographer will be taking pictures of individual graduates. The proofs will be mailed to the graduates using the mailing labels furnished by our office.

PROGRAM HONORS

December 2021 graduates, candidates for May 2022 and August 2022 graduates are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

December 2021 graduates:

Your name will appear in the program as indicated on the Commencement RSVP or as reported to the University on the graduation application if an RSVP is not received. Honors will be noted in the program and announced at the ceremony based on your final cumulative GPA.

May 2022 graduation candidates:

Your name will appear in the program the way you listed your name on the Commencement RSVP or as reported to the University through the online Graduation application if an RSVP is not received. The Fall 2021 semester cumulative grade point average will be used to determine honors for the program only and announced at the Ceremony. Your final GPA (after Spring 2022 grades are reported) will determine if you graduate with honors based on the ranges below.

August 2022 graduation candidates:

The Office of Student Services has no accurate way to determine who will apply to graduate in August at this point. Therefore, if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony or want your name to be listed in the program, you must submit your RSVP by the March 25 deadline. No determination of honors will be listed in the program for August candidates.

University of Houston Law Center’s Honors Designation

Summa Cum Laude            3.850 to 4.000
Magna Cum Laude             3.650 to 3.849
Cum Laude                           3.520 to 3.649

ORDER OF THE COIF

The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society, the purpose of which is to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.

For each academic year, measured from July 1st to June 30th, the Charter school may elect to membership those student’s whose grade record ranks in the top 10 percent of all the graduates for the designated period and who have five (5) semesters of graded law coursework.

The graduates will be ranked, and the top 10% will be invited to membership for the Order of the Coif.

FOR QUESTIONS

Office of Student Services            
Phone: (713)743-2182
Email: dgabriel@uh.edu