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Graduation and Commencement

HCC recognizes that commencement is an incredible accomplishment and festive time to be celebrated by our graduates and their loved ones. Below are updates on how the institution plans to safely celebrate Spring Commencement, and important reminders about how to prepare for graduation and commencement. 

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Spring Commencement Announcements

Commencement (General) Announcements & Speaker

The live-streamed Virtual Spring Commencement (General) will occur on May 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm and can be viewed at (


Commencement Ceremony Speaker


Judge Lina Hidalgo

Judge Lina Hidalgo

Judge Lina Hidalgo is the head of Harris County’s governing body. She is the first woman to be elected County Judge and only the second to be elected to the Commissioners Court.

Harris County is the third largest county in our nation. Its population of more than 4.5 million rivals that of the entire state of Colorado. The Harris County Judge and four County Commissioners oversee a $4.3 billion budget that helps fund key county services and institutions.

The County Judge is the presiding officer on the Commissioners Court. As the main governing body of Harris County, the Commissioners Court plays a critical role that is part administrative, part legislative, and part judicial. Its many responsibilities include adopting a budget; setting tax rates; calling for bond elections; building and maintaining county infrastructure such as roads and bridges; and overseeing county courthouses, jails, libraries, parks, and the Harris County Flood Control District.

By state law, the County Judge is also the county’s director of emergency management, leading the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM). In addition to her formal duties, Judge Hidalgo plays an important advocacy role for the County.

Judge Hidalgo believes that our region will remain competitive only through proactive and creative leadership on issues like flood control, transportation, criminal justice reform, and education. She is committed to ensuring that Harris County government is transparent, accessible, and accountable to every resident. She wants Harris County to be a place where everyone can attain the American Dream.


VAST Commencement Announcements & Speaker

The live-streamed Virtual Spring VAST Commencement will occur on May 14, 2021 at 10:00 am. For more information about the VAST - Vocational Advancement and Skills Training Commencement Ceremony and its commencement speaker, please click here for details


TxCHSE Commencement Announcements & Speaker

The live-streamed TxCHSE Commencement will occur on May 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm. For more information about the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE) Commencement Ceremony and its commencement speakerplease click here for details


Graduation Ceremony Program Books

Egalitarian special edition! HCC celebrates Spring 2021 graduation

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It's a Celebration!

  • Attend Official Graduation Events | Join us in celebrating the Class of 2021 during Official Grad Party and Events hosted by Student Life and Recreational Sports. Click here to register
  • Share Accomplishments on Social Media | Share your incredible achievement with your friends and family via social media using the official HCC Graduation photo filters on Instagram and Facebook

  • Special Messages to Grads | To acknowledge the hard work of our graduates, the Office of Student Life created a Kudos Board for Faculty and Staff to leave their congratulatory messages and remarks. 

Prepare for Graduation & Commencement

Graduation vs 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.


Graduation and Commencement Steps and Important Dates

In order to receive a degree, students must apply for graduationFor information about applying for graduation, please review the steps and important dates highlighted below. 

Important Dates for Graduation and Commencement

  • The deadline to apply for graduation this Spring is April 15.
  • The deadline to register to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony is Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • The portal for candidates to upload content for graduate slides will be open for candidates to upload content for slides from April 16 – May 4, 2021
  • No additional slides will be added after May 4, 2021


Please view the complete timeline below for steps to apply for graduation and register for commencement.

Step 1: Contact your advisor

Use the Virtual Lobby webpage to contact the advisor listed in your student center. If you do not know your Assigned Academic Advisor, 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: Apply for graduation by:

Fall Ceremony  - Nov 13
Spring Ceremony – April 15

Indicate whether you want a printed diploma and provide a diploma mailing address. 

Fall – October

Spring - February

Step 3: Register for Commencement by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 29, 2021

You will receive an email from after you have applied for graduation (emails are sent every Monday & Thursday)

 Follow the steps in your email to register for commencement

Upon successful completion of registration, you will receive an email confirmation with and add to calendar option from HCC Graduation Department ( Check clutter/junk/spam folders if you do not see in your inbox.


 Step 4: Purchase Regalia (optional)

Order regalia online:
Regalia is also available at the Central Campus Bookstore
Hours of Operation:  
Monday-Thursday: 10a m-2 pm
Friday:  10 am - 2pm
Saturday-Sunday:  Closed

Step 5: Create Your Graduate Slide for Virtual Ceremony

Each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be customized with your photo and a personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media.   

You will receive a separate email from with information to create your graduate slide after registration to participate in the ceremony is complete.  

Please note the portal will be open for candidates to upload content for slides from April 16 – May 4, 2021.  No additional slides will be added after May 4, 2021.


Step 6: Attend the Virtual Ceremony

Spring Ceremony – Friday, May 14, 2021 1 p.m.



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 2020 (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 2020 (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.

Honor cords for qualifying students are available for pick up at the Central College bookstore from April 12 through April 29 from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday or 9 am to 1 pm on Friday.

Honor cords will be mailed the week of May 3rd for qualifying students who registered for the ceremony but did not pick up their cords.


Graduation and Commencement Help

Student Services

For more information regarding Graduation and Commencement, call 713-718-8222 (option1) or send an email to