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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. An update on how the institution plans to safely celebrate Spring Commencement will be posted later during the Spring semester.


  • 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.

  • Applying for Graduation | In order to receive a degree, students must apply for graduation. For information about applying for graduation, please review the steps below. 

  • Important Dates | The deadline to apply for graduation this Spring is April 15. The date for the Commencement Ceremony will be announced later this Spring.

Graduation and Commencement Steps

Please view the 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

You will receive an email with your unique link ​to register to participate in the virtual ceremony.

(emails are sent every Monday and Thursdays)

Fall - TBD

Spring - April


Participation is limited to the first 1,100 students to complete registration.


 Step 4: Purchase Regalia (Cap and Gown)

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

You will receive an email from StageClip with information to create your graduate slide. 

You will have the opportunity to upload your picture and select to use the SnapChat HCC regalia lens.

Your graduate slide will be available for you to download and share. 

Be sure to check your email (junk/spam & clutter folders, if not in your inbox)


Step 6: Attend the Virtual Ceremony

Fall Ceremony - date & location to be announced

Spring Ceremony – date & location to be announced



Honor cords

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 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)

Honor cords may be picked up at all HCC bookstores prior to graduation

  • Honors 3.35 – 3.59
  • High Honors 3.60 – 3.79
  • Highest Honors 3.80 – 4.00


Graduation and Commencement Help

Student Services

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