General Graduation Information

HCC is currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make a decision regarding the commencement ceremony by April 13. Students should continue to follow the application process below.


HCC will hold its Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2020, at 1 p.m. at NRG Stadium.

Associate Degree candidates who meet the criteria below are eligible for Honor Cords for the ceremony. Students completing a Certificate of Completion do not receive honor cords.

  • GPA for the Spring ceremony is through Fall 2019 (spring grades will not be included for the ceremony but will be reflected on the final award).
  • Honors 3.35 – 3.59
  • High Honors 3.60 – 3.79
  • Highest Honors 3.80 – 4.00


VAST Graduation will be held on May 1, 2020, at 2 p.m. at HCC West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South.

TxCHSE Graduation will be held on May 5, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at HCC Central Auditorium, 1300 Holman.

Commencement Steps

Step 1: Contact your advisor

Schedule an online appointment with your advisor listed in your student center. Indicate that you want to apply for graduation and they will review your file and approve your status. During the college closure, there will be no on-campus appointments.

Advising Hours & Contact Information

Step 2: Apply for graduation

Fall Ceremony- Nov 8

Spring Ceremony – April 15

Apply for graduation directly through your student center

Indicate whether you want a printed diploma and provide a diploma mailing address.
You will receive a confirmation email with the ceremony registration link after:

Fall – October

Spring - February 22

Step 3: Register for Commencement

Register Online for the ceremony


The Ceremony Registration Deadlines are:

Fall -     November 12

Spring - April 17

 Step 4: Purchase Regalia

Graduation regalia will be available only at the HCC bookstores.

Caps and gowns will be in stock for purchase after April 1.

Step 5: Attend Ceremony

• On Graduation Day, participating graduates need to arrive at 11:30 am for the 1:00 pm ceremony.
• Park in the blue lot (Kirby Dr. at Westridge))
• Upon arrival, proceed to student check-in, you will receive a pre-printed 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.


Dress/Attire and Information for the ceremony

Please follow these dress code guidelines for the graduation ceremony:

  • The academic cap should be worn straight and pulled down slightly on the forehead.
  • The tassel of the cap should be worn on the right first, and then changed to the left at the end of the ceremony
  • Suggested clothing to be worn under the gown:
    • Men - White shirt, dark tie, dark slacks, dark shoes, and dark socks. No sandals
    • Women - Lightweight fabric and dark shoes with low or medium heels. No sandals
  • Graduates should carry nothing in their hands. A copy of the program will be placed on each graduate's chair.
  • For the safety and security of those attending the commencement, no bags will be permitted in the back staging area with students. This includes, but not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags, and diaper bags.
  • Absolutely no smoking is allowed.
  • Balloons not allowed


Faculty Registration

Order regalia (online through November 9),

A late fee will be applied. The site is set up to accept the faculty 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 it to the vendor. Regalia may also be returned to the main campus HCC Bookstore. All rental items must be returned no later than the week following the ceremony.

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. The bookstore 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
Contact LaTonya Pate:  713 528 0872

Faculty Registration 2019 Commencement Ceremony - Register

  1. Click on the registration link
  2. On the MarchingOrder website, click “log in”
  3. Go to “Returning Users and
  4. Email - Enter the preferred email address on file with Houston Community College in the "email" field. (Example:
  5. Password - Enter your Houston Community College assigned employee ID number with a E in front in the "password" field. (Example: E123456789)


HCC Graduation Department

Student Services

3100 Main , Houston, TX 77002