Graduate raising his hand greeting family and friends in the stands

School of Health Professions

Friday, August 19, 2022
10:00 am
Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo B&C (Off Campus)
Seven Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554

Guest Information

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Guests may attend at this time. Masks and social distancing will be highly encouraged. The ceremony will be broadcast live for more family and friends to watch online and celebrate our graduates’ achievements virtually.

Note: Guest attendance is subject to change based on public-health considerations related to COVID-19 precautions and guidelines. Please continue to visit this site often for updated information.

Graduate Information

Schedule for Commencement Day

  • 8:30 - 8:45 am Graduates report to Moody Gardens Convention Center, Expo A
  • 9:00 am ADA Guest Admittance, Expo C entrance
  • 9:15 am Doors Open to General Seating, Expo B entrance
  • 10:00 am Commencement ceremony begins, Expo B&C
  • 10:00 am Commencement Live Stream (see details below)
  • 12:00 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.

Download & Print: Moody Gardens Parking Map

Arrival and Seating

Tickets are not required for guests and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open to general seating at 9:15 am. 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.

ADA Accommodations - Persons with Disabilities

UTMB's School of Health Professions (SHP) strives to ensure that all graduates and guests can participate fully in this program. Therefore, any graduates, family members or guests, who require ADA accommodations, are welcome. Graduates and/or family members are encouraged to submit ADA related accommodations at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony date.

ADA related accommodations are inclusive of but not limited to the following:

  • Wheelchair and/or Motorized Scooter space/or seating
  • Walkers/Canes seating
  • Sign language interpretation
  • Other accommodations, as requested

Advanced arrangements must be made to confirm early admittance.

  • One family member is permitted to sit with each person requiring seating for mobility-impaired. Other family members and friends may sit in the general assembly in the surrounding areas.
  • 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 highly recommended.

Wheelchairs and other mobility devices

UTMB does not provide mobility devices to individual guests or employees specifically for commencement. If you do not have a personal mobility device that you can bring with you, you may rent one. Local wheelchair rental agencies include:

  • Moody Gardens - Wheelchair rentals are available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Coastal Medical - 2902 Avenue R ½, Galveston, TX 77550; 409-621-1167

Submit accommodation requests to: Michelle Conley at

When you email your request, please include the name of the guest who needs the ADA related accommodation, the specific accommodation need (i.e.: wheelchair seating, walker seating, sign language interpretation etc.) and the guest name of who will accompany them. We cannot guarantee specific location requests.

Moody Gardens Hotel & Resort Information

One Hope Blvd. Galveston, TX 77554
$189 night - Cutoff for booking at the $189 rate is July 28, 2022
For reservations: (888) 388-8484 or direct at (409) 741-8484 (mention UTMB school of Health Professions Commencement for the rate)
Hotel Information:

Other Important Information

Commencement Photography

UTMB Photography will be capturing your commencement photos. Every student will be photographed as they receive their diploma as well as a second “portrait” taken as they depart the stage. All proofs will be available online at a few days after the ceremony by using the following password: shp0822

Flower Orders & Diploma Frames

Flower bouquets will be available for sale on the day of graduation day. Please find the flower booth outside the entrance to the Moody Gardens Convention Center. Pre-orders for bouquets are accepted at the following website:

All pre-orders can be picked up at our kiosk on graduation day. Cash & Credit Card accepted. Prices range from $25-$35.

Diploma frames and other graduation mementos will be available at the UTMB Campus Store booth inside Lobby A of the Convention Center. Please see a selection of diploma frames at the UTMB Campus Store.

Social Media

Share the excitement, the tears, the joy and your favorite commencement moments! Post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using this hashtag to share your unique commencement experience: #UTMBgrad

Future Commencement Dates
  • Friday, August 18, 2023
  • Friday, August 16, 2024
  • Friday, August 22, 2025

2020 & 2021 Virtual Commencement

Revisit SHP's past virtual Commencement ceremonies.

2020 Virtual Commencement

2021 Virtual Commencement

Resources to purchase a Commencement video and download the Order of Program can be found on the 2020 & 2021 Virtual Commencement web pages.

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