University of Houston-Victoria postpones 2020 commencement ceremonies

Students will be notified with updates

VICTORIA, Texas- The University of Houston-Victoria announced Tuesday in a statement n their website that they are planning to postpone their fall 2020 commencement ceremonies, due to the uptick in COIVD-19 cases in Texas.

UHV said the ceremonies that were scheduled for December are postponed until January.

“Although it is unfortunate that we will have to postpone commencement again, our first priority is always the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice about holiday gatherings, the increasing number of new cases across the state and a recommendation from the university’s COVID-19 Reopening Task Force, we’ve decided to place the ceremonies on hold until later in 2021 when everyone will be able to celebrate together safely.”

The university also postponed the spring commencement ceremony in May due to the pandemic. They later announced that in October the university planned to hold six ceremonies to celebrate students who graduated in 2020.

The first three ceremonies were scheduled for December 12 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy. The second ceremonies were planned for January 9 at Faith Family Church in Victoria. However, as COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, the university decided to postpone its ceremonies until it is safe to hold a large gathering.

The statement explains that Glenn confirmed that the university is working on a plan to get 2020 graduates their diploma covers and other items. To see updates from the university visit their graduation website here. The university said that students will have the opportunity to participate in future commencement ceremonies.

Students graduating this semester who have questions about the postponed ceremonies should contact Michael Wilkinson, UHV senior director of student services and judicial affairs, at wilkinsonmr@uhv.edu.