Commencement Information

The commencement ceremony for HCC graduates is hosted each year in May. The date for the 2016 Commencement Ceremony is 9 am to noon on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at NRG (Reliant) Stadium.

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Commencement Attendance: Late Registration

The graduation registration deadline for attending the ceremony was April 18, 2016; however, we are extending an opportunity to register until May 6, 2016. Students can also register in person at the Graduation Celebration (RSVP required) on May 6, 2016.
Note: Late registration will be open until May 6

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Regalia Requirement

All students attending commencement, including late registrants must obtain regalia as follows: visit any HCC Bookstore through Thursday  May 12th and then at the rehearsal on May 13th and the morning of the ceremony on May 14th.

Mandatory Rehearsal

There will be a MANDATORY REHEARSAL at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at NRG Stadium ; there will be no charge for parking at rehearsal.

On graduation day, participating graduates need to arrive at 6:30 a.m. and park in the blue lot (Kirby Dr. at Westridge), parking fee is $12. Upon arrival, proceed to student check-in, you will receive a preprinted registration card, please verify all information is correct. Staff will assist you with seating arrangements in the staging area and answer any questions you may have.

The ceremony will include speeches from the Administration, a student speaker and a guest speaker followed by the highlight of the ceremony, “awarding degrees”. As you prepare to line up to cross the stage, please be prompt in reaching the center of the stage, then proceed to exit off the stage. There will be staff to guide you during this process. Please be attentive and follow their instructions. It is important that you return to your seat after receiving your recognition and remain seated until the end..

The Houston Community College Association invites you to attend the following events:

Graduation Celebration

May 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM, at HCC - West Loop Campus

HCC Alumni Association is hosting its Annual HCC Graduation Celebration for the graduating Class of 2016. This event is free to all 2016 HCC Graduates. We want to celebrate in this achievement with our new graduates.

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Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty Graduation Registration

Faculty Graduation Registration - enter your business email address and your assigned password (HR Emp ID #, leading zeros must be included)

Faculty Regalia - Order Deadline Extended until April 27, 2016

Faculty regalia order site

Faculty regalia orders, with the exception of those faculty that need just a cap, gown or hood; will be handled through this ordering website.

All orders must be placed by midnight on April 27 to avoid any late fees. The site is set up to accept the faculty payment of $20, plus tax for their regalia order and the order will ship directly to the faculty, either at their home address or whatever shipping address they provide.

The order will come with a return label so the faculty can place their regalia back in the box and ship to the vendor.

The bookstore will not be collecting regalia at the graduation ceremony for shipment back to the vendor, but will be on hand to exchange any regalia that does not fit or work. We will also be on hand to assist with any robe related questions or questions about the return process.

For those faculty who have questions, need assistance with ordering on the site or who need to order a piece of the regalia, please contact Bill at