Virtual Fall Commencement:  Friday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.

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HCC will hold two Commencement Ceremonies for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • The fall ceremony for summer & fall graduates will be held on December 11, 2020, at 11 a.m.
  • The spring ceremony for spring graduates will be held in May 2021.

Commencement Steps

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

Step 1: Contact your advisor

Schedule an online appointment with the advisor listed in your student center


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 - 11:59 pm, Thursday, November 19, 2020

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

On November 15, 2020, 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 - December 11, 2020 Time: 11:00 am

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


HCC Graduation Department

Student Services

For more information regarding the December 11, 2020 HCC Virtual Graduation, contact 713-718-8222 (option1), email

3100 Main , Houston, TX 77002