Applying for Graduation
Applications for graduation should be filed either the semester prior to or the semester in which the Houston Community College student plans to graduate.
Additional Information and Contact
Steps to Graduation
Meet with an advisor to update your degree plan and verify that you have completed all the necessary coursework and institutional requirements. This will show all work completed prior to the semester of graduation, courses in progress, transfer work applied to your degree, and any course substitutions and approvals.
Applications should be filed either the semester prior to or the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students should complete the Application for Degree/Certificate and pay the $10 filing fee online after receiving the advisor approval. The application fee is good for one year, but students who do not complete the degree requirements in the semester in which they filed MUST contact the Graduation Office to activate their file for the subsequent term. The diploma reprint charge is $15.
Graduation Application Deadlines
• Fall Semester: October 15
• Spring Semester: February 15
• Summer Semester: June 15
The application must be received by the deadline to insure that your degree is posted to your transcript at the end of the semester and that your diploma will be processed on time. Students who apply after the deadline are automatically processed with the next semester’s group.
Verify Transfer Evaluation
Be sure you have sent all transcripts for course work from institutions other than Houston Community College to the Office of Student Records, P.O. Box 667517, Houston, TX 77266-7517. You should make an appointment with an advisor to have your transfer work evaluated.
Verify Mailing Address
To receive information regarding the graduation ceremony and to have diplomas and/or certificates mailed, students must verify their address no later than May 1. Address and/or name changes must be made on the graduation application within your student center. If your address changes after May 31, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to report the changes.
Honors for the graduation ceremony will be calculated through the fall semester. Students must be within 12 semester hours of completion to have honors calculated for the graduation program. Honors designation on the actual diploma will reflect all course work. Honors will be awarded to students completing degrees only. Only HCC college level grades will be used to determine honors status. Honors graduates will be recognized during the graduation ceremony. Students must complete at least 75 percent of the course work for their degree by that time.
The following classifications of honors will be recognized on the student's transcript and diploma:
• Highest Honors: 3.80 – 4.00
• High Honors: 3.60 – 3.79
• Honors: 3.35 – 3.59
Diploma Ordering Information
Diplomas will be mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the end of semester date. If your address changes after May 31, please email email@example.com to report the changes. Diplomas are printed three times a year according to the graduation deadline.
A diploma or printed certificate is optional. If a student chooses to receive a diploma or printed certificate, the non-refundable fee of $10 must be paid at the time of submitting the Application for Graduation. This fee is held for one year pending graduation. Students applying for certificates of completion should indicate the expected course completion date on the Application for Degree/Certificate. The completion date will be printed on the certificate. Upon completion of final evaluations, degrees and/or certificates will be posted on transcripts.
If you would like to order additional diplomas, then an additional cost of $10 each applies at the time of filing and your advisor should indicate this on the Application for Graduation form.
To replace a lost or stolen certificate/degree, complete the Application for Degree/Certificate form indicating your request for a reorder and by paying the $15 reprint fee.
Commencement Ceremony Information
The graduation ceremony is held annually in May for the fall and spring graduates and students who plan to complete their work in the summer. Summer graduates must apply by the spring deadline to be eligible to participate. For more information, see the Commencement Ceremony Q&A on this page.
Financial Aid Information
If you have received any form of financial aid, you are required by your loan agreement and federal regulations to complete an exit interview prior to graduation. Students may complete the exit interview online at
www.studentloans.gov. Exit interviews are designed to give an overview of a student’s rights and responsibilities as a borrower with an emphasis on repayment.
Graduate Follow-Up Information
You will be contacted by the Institutional Research Office for graduate follow-up information. Completion of these questionnaires will assist us in evaluation of our programs and services. HCC also has an Alumni Organization that we encourage you to join. As a member of the Houston Community College Alumni Organization you can help in the college’s continued growth and development.
Commencement Ceremony Q&A
2015 Commencement Ceremony Date
The commencement ceremony for HCC graduates is hosted each year in May. The date for the 2015 Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 16, 2015 at NRG (Reliant) Stadium.
Commencement Ceremony Instructions
Detailed information and instructions for the ceremony are provided in the “Commencement Ceremony Instructions” announcement. The announcement includes information for graduates including attire guidelines, arrival requirements, check-in procedures, program information, and more. Please be sure to read and become familiar with these instructions prior to the ceremony.
Eligible students are those who have completed requirements during the fall semester or who will complete requirements at either the end of the spring or summer semester. Eligible GED students are those who have successfully completed the GED test and have received their passing test results.
Regalia Information (Cap and Gown)
Caps and gowns, along with many other commencement items, can be purchased at one of HCC’s campus bookstores.
GED Graduates Information
Individuals who have successfully completed the GED examination are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.
All students who complete the application for degree/certificate will have his/her name printed in the annual graduation ceremony program. If you do not want your name to appear on the commencement program, you must notify the Office of Student Records prior to April 15.
Additional Information and Contact
For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-718-8222 to speak with a Student Information Representative.
May 17, 2014
See photos and watch video of the live web broadcast of Houston Community College's Commencement at Reliant Stadium on May 17.