December 2017 graduates, candidates for May 2018 and August 2018 graduation are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

December 2017 graduates:

Your name will appear in the program as indicated on the Commencement RSVP form or as reported to the University on the graduation application if a RSVP form is not received.  If you graduated with honors, it will be noted in the program and announced at the ceremony.

May 2018 graduation candidates: 

Your name will appear in the program the way you listed your name on the Commencement RSVP form or as reported to the University through the online Graduation application if a RSVP form is not received. The Fall 2017 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 2018 grades are reported) will determine if you graduate with honors based on the ranges below. 

August 2018 graduation candidates: 

The Office of Student Services has no accurate way to determine who will apply to graduate in August.  Therefore, if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony or want your name to be listed in the program, you must notify us NO LATER THAN March 23rd.  No determination of honors will be listed in the program for August candidates.

University of Houston Law Center's Honors Designation

Summa Cum Laude 3.790 to 4.000
Magna Cum Laude 3.540 to 3.789
Cum Laude 3.420 to 3.539         


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 75% (67 hours minimum) of graded law coursework.

The graduates that are eligible for the Coif are: August 2017, December 2017, and May 2018.  The graduates will be ranked, and the top 10% will be invited to membership for the Order of the Coif.

Note: It is possible to be in the top 10% of your graduating class and your entering class, and not make the Coif, especially if you do not meet the minimum graded law hours requirement.