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HCC recognizes that commencement is an incredible accomplishment and festive time to be celebrated by our graduates and their families. Please join us in safely celebrating the Class of 2020 online and through social media. 

  • Virtual commencement ceremony. 
    • Main HCC Virtual Commencement Ceremony 
      May 22 at 2 p.m.
    • VAST (Vocational Advancement and Skills Training) Virtual Commencement Ceremony
      May 22 at 11 a.m.
    • Watch ceremonies on

  • Virtual events and grad party
  • Well wishes and words of encouragement using #HCCGrad2020 hashtag on social media (see below). 

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Graduation FAQs

I am not able to access MarchingOrder with my email address.

You must use the email that is on your confirmation letter, which is generally your student email.


When is the deadline to apply for graduation to be eligible to participate in the ceremony?

The deadline to have your name appear in the program was April 22. You may still apply for graduation, upload your picture and participate in the virtual ceremony, however, your name will not appear in the printed program. Any additional names will be posted online at


How do I upload my picture with Marching Orders?

Registration instructions may be found at, Step 3.


How do I get my honor cords? How will it be delivered? How long will it take?

If you responded to participate in the ceremony and meet the honors criteria with your cumulative GPA through the fall, your honor cords will be mailed to you prior to the ceremony.


What are the criteria for receiving honor cords?

HCC will use the following guidelines to compute honors eligibility:
  • Highest Honors - GPA 3.80 or above
  • High Honors - GPA 3.60 to 3.79
  • Honors - GPA 3.35 to 3.59:
  • The student must complete at least 25% of the degree at HCC; and the student must complete requirements for the AA, AS, AAT or AAS degree (certificate graduates do not receive honors). Developmental course grades are excluded from the degree GPA. Courses taken through the preceding fall semester will be used in computing the GPA for the purposes of determining graduation honors for the ceremony. The student must have completed 75% of the course work for the degree at that time


Are students purchasing cap, gowns and stoles, if yes where can I purchase?

Although not required since it is a virtual ceremony, many students are purchasing their regalia.
You may purchase through this website. 


I am graduating in Summer and would like to participate in the May Virtual Ceremony and I can't register for MarchingOrder. Who can help me?

Now that HCC has two ceremonies a year, all summer graduates will be invited to the fall ceremony. The spring ceremony is for Spring graduates only.


I applied for graduation, am I automatically on the list of students participating in the May Ceremony?

If you have applied for graduation, you should have received an email from MarchingOrder
giving you the registration information. If you have not received that information, please
contact the graduation email at


I haven't received any email regarding the ceremony. What address is it coming from?

You should have received an email from MarchingOrder that gives you the link to register.


How does a virtual ceremony work? What happens?

The virtual ceremony will be a pre-recorded ceremony shown via webcast. The virtual ceremony has most of the same steps of an in person ceremony. There will be speakers, recognitions and instead of students walking across the stage, the graduates’ information will display on the screen as the name is called.


How long will it take to get my diploma after the ceremony?

Final certification of awards takes place the month after all final grades are posted on May 22. Degrees are then printed and mailed usually the last week of June. This timeframe of course could change due to our offices being closed.


For more information regarding the 2020 HCC Virtual Graduation, contact 713-718-8222 (option1), email


HCC Graduation Department

Student Services

3100 Main , Houston, TX 77002