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Graduation and Commencement

Fall 2021 Commencement Scheduled to be In-person December 16, 2021

HCC recognizes that graduation is an incredible accomplishment and festive time for graduates and their loved ones. We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be in-person with COVID-19 protocols to safely celebrate.
 

 

Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony At-A-Glance Details

  • Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • Location: NRG Arena (1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054)
  • Time: There will be a morning and afternoon ceremony 
    • Morning Ceremony: 9 am 
    • Afternoon Ceremony: 2 pm
  • For Whom: Summer & Fall 2021 graduates only
  • Guests: Graduates will be able to invite up to five guests to the Commencement ceremony. 
  • COVID-19 Protocols: Please see below.
  • Live Stream: On the day of the ceremony, please visit this page (www.hccs.edu/graduation) to watch live stream of the ceremonies. 

Be sure to read all the next steps and guide below to prepare for graduation and the Commencement Ceremony. Also, please continue to monitor this webpage for the most up-to-date information about graduation and commencement. 

At-A-Glance | Next Steps for Graduates

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Connect with an Academic Advisor to be approved to apply for graduation.

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Submit graduation application, if an Academic Advisor determines you completed all the academic program requirements to apply for graduation.

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Register for Commencement Ceremony by the deadline.

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Attend Commencement and Official Grad events to celebrate your accomplishments.

Step-by-Step Guide to Prepare for Graduation & Commencement

Difference Between Graduation and Commencement

Graduation means that if you complete all the academic program requirements, you will receive your diploma and have it reflected on your transcript. Commencement is the event to celebrate your accomplishment.

 

5 Graduation and Commencement Steps + Deadlines

Important Dates for Graduation and Commencement

  • The deadline to apply for graduation this Fall is November 12.
  • The deadline to register to participate in the commencement ceremony is November 19 at 11:59 pm
  • There will be a morning and afternoon in-person Commencement Ceremony held on December 16


Please view the complete step-by-step guide below for action items and deadlines to apply for graduation, register for commencement, and attend the Commencement Ceremony.


STEP 1: Academic Advising Session


In order to apply for graduation, you have to meet with an Academic Advisor first. Your Academic Advisor will determine if you have completed all the academic program requirements to be approved to apply for graduation. 

Use the Virtual Lobby webpage to contact the Academic Advisor listed in their student center. 

If you do not know your Assigned Academic Advisor, please go to HCC MyEagle and select Student Sign In. Next, log in and select the Academic Progress tile. Lastly, select the Advisor on the left to view your Assigned Academic Advisor.


STEP 2: Submit Graduation Application


If your Academic Advisor determines you have completed all the academic program requirements to be approved to apply for graduation, your next step is to submit the graduation application.  

In order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, graduates must apply for graduation by:

  • November 12: Fall Commencement Ceremony  
  • April 15: Spring Commencement Ceremony  


You can apply for graduation and check the status of your graduation application online by following the steps below. 

  • Visit HCC MyEagle
  • Select "Student Sign-In tile/box. 
  • Select “Academic Progress” tile/box. 


STEP 3: Register for Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony


If you are a Summer and Fall 2021 graduates apply for graduation by the deadline, you qualify to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

The deadline for Summer and Fall 2021 graduates to register to participate in the Commencement Ceremony is November 19 at 11:59 pm. Registering by the deadline is required in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Students who are approved to graduate will receive an email from MarchingOrder inviting them to register to participate in either the morning or afternoon in-person Commencement Ceremony.

  • Check your student email for the link to register for either the morning or afternoon Commencement Ceremony. The email will have a unique link for students to accesstheirMarchingOrder registration.
    • MarchingOrder emails will be sent every Monday & Thursday October 25 - November 12
    • Be sure to check your spam/junk folder if you have not received the link to register. 
    • *If you are approved to graduate and haven't received email with link to register for Commencement by November 12, please call 713-718-8222 (option1) or send an email to hcc.gradceremony@hccs.edu.


Through Marching Order, graduates will be able to
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  • Choose Ceremony | Register for either the morning or afternoon Commencement Ceremony. 
  • Download GradPass | Download GradPass, a student's ticket to enter the Commencement Ceremony. A GradPass will also be scanned when it's a student's turn to walk across the stage. A GradPass can be scanned from a mobile device or printed. 
  • Record How to Pronounce Your Name | Use Say It Right to record your name via telephone to assist the professional announcer with pronouncing your name correctly.
  • Download Guest Tickets | Use MarchingOrder Assistant to reserve, print and email guest tickets. Each graduate is limited to five guest tickets. Each guest ticket has a unique QR code which will be scanned upon entry to NRG. The ticket can only be used once. Guests can scan out, if they left something in the car and then have it scanned in again.  


STEP 4: Purchase Cap and Gown (Regalia)


Caps and gowns (regalia) will be required for participation in the Commencement Ceremony. Details to purchase your cap and gown (regalia) from the HCC Bookstore will be posted soon. 


STEP 5: Attend the Commencement Ceremony


We look forward to celebrating with Summer and Fall 2021 graduates registered to attend the Commencement ceremony! 

  • Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • Location: NRG Arena (1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054)
  • Time: There will be a morning and afternoon ceremony 
    • Morning Ceremony: 9 am 
    • Afternoon Ceremony: 2 pm
  • For Whom: Summer & Fall 2021 graduates only
  • Guests: Graduates will be able to invite up to five guests to the Commencement ceremony. 
  • COVID-19 Protocols: Please see below.
  • Live Stream: On the day of the ceremony, please visit this page (www.hccs.edu/graduation) to watch live stream of the ceremonies. 

 

 

Commencement Ceremony COVID-19 Protocols

Traffic Management
There will be a morning and afternoon ceremony to mitigate traffic.

Graduates will be allowed to have five individual guests who can attend the Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will be live-streamed so graduates can invite other loved ones to celebrate them virtually. 
 
Safe Distance
There will be six feet between isles and three feet between chairs. 
 
Shared Commitment to Safety
Houston Community College is following safety guidelines, CDC recommended protocols, and much more. Safely celebrating our graduates will be a shared commitment to take all the necessary precautions. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, we strongly encourage and recommend you pledge to protect yourself and others.
  • Washing your hands
  • Wearing a mask (not mandatory but recommended), and
  • Staying home if you feel sick.

 

Honor Cords

Associate Degree candidates who meet the criteria below are eligible for Honor Cords for the ceremony. 

  • Honors 3.35 – 3.59
  • High Honors 3.60 – 3.79
  • Highest Honors 3.80 – 4.00
  • Considerations
    • GPA used for the Fall ceremony is through Summer 2021 (Fall grades will not be included for the ceremony but will be reflected on the final award).
    • GPA for the Spring ceremony is through Fall 2021 (Spring grades will not be included for the ceremony but will be reflected on the final award).
    • Students completing a Certificate of Completion do not receive honor cords.


Details to receive/pick up honor cords will be posted soon. 

 

Degree Posting/Diploma Mailing

After the Registrar's Office performs a degree audit to determine if graduates successfully completed the program requirements, all degrees will be posted on official transcripts approximately three to four weeks after the official end of the term.

  • Fall End of Term Date | December 15
  • Spring End of Term Date | May 15
  • Summer End of Term Date | August 15


For graduates who choose to have their diplomas mailed at the time of the graduation application, the Registrar's Office will mail diplomas approximately two weeks after all degrees are posted.

You can check the status of your graduation application online by following the steps below. 

  1. Visit HCC MyEagle
  2. Select "Student Sign-In tile/box. 
  3. Select “Academic Progress” tile/box. 

 

Graduation and Commencement Help & Archives

Student Services

For more information regarding Graduation and Commencement, call 713-718-8222 (option 1) or send an email to hcc.gradceremony@hccs.edu.

To watch playbacks and view programs from previous Commencement Ceremonies, please click here