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Commencement Ceremony Details


Below are at-a-glance details for the Commencement Ceremony. Please use this webpage as the most up-to-date resource for details to prepare for and attend the Commencement Ceremony. 

Commencement Ceremony Details

Please be sure to expand each section below and read all of the details. To view the latest email/text updates and reminders sent to graduates, please click the "blue button" button below. 

Ceremony Date, Time & Venue Details

  • Date: Friday, May 12 2023
  • Location: NRG Arena (1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054)
  • Time: There will be a morning and afternoon ceremony option. Graduates will only be able to attend the ceremony they register to attend.
    • Morning Ceremony: 9 am
    • Afternoon Ceremony: 1 pm
  • Watch the Commencement Ceremony Live: On the day of the ceremony, you and your loved ones may visit this page to watch the live stream of the ceremonies. 


Parking will be available in the Blue Lot (utilize Gate 9) on the corner of Kirby and Westridge. Type in the address: 8825 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054 for specific driving directions. The parking fee is $20 per vehicle. Please note that the venue, NRG Park, will transition to credit cards only for parking payment and will no longer be accepting cash.

NRG Arena Center enforces a bag policy to ensure safety for their guests. Backpacks and large bags that exceed 11”x17” are not allowed. Necessary diaper bags and medical bags are subject to inspection before entry.

For the safety concerns of patrons, NRG Park may refuse entry of individuals in possession of prohibited items including, but not limited to: all weapons and firearms, all handguns, air horns, video recorders, audio recorders, professional camera equipment, photography lenses over 3” in length, whistles, noisemakers, sealed packages of any kind, bottles, cans, coolers, containers, fireworks, Frisbees, inflatable objects (beach balls, swim equipment, etc.), illegal substances, laser pointers/pens, outside food or beverage (Exceptions are made for medical reasons and children), remote-controlled cars, Hoverboards, UAVs, Drones, binocular cases and camera cases. This list is in no way exhaustive, and other items may be prohibited at the sole discretion of NRG Stadium Management.


*Important* Eligible Grads and Commencement Registration Requirement

 How to Register for Commencement

Only students who apply for graduation by the deadline, April 1, and register for the Commencement Ceremony by the deadline, April 14, will be eligible to walk in the Commencement Ceremony.

Students who are approved to graduate by the deadline, April 1, will receive an email from MarchingOrder inviting them to register to participate in Commencement Ceremony

  • Registration is required for participation in a Commencement Ceremony.

  • It is extremely important to register before the deadline, as only those graduate candidates who are registered will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. The deadline to register is April 14

  • Registration steps will be emailed to approved graduates' HCC student email from MarchingOrder. Be sure to check your spam folder.
    • Starting in February, Commencement Registration emails will be sent every Monday and Thursday

  • Due to venue capacity, space is limited for each of the Ceremony times. Please register early for the time that works best for you.  

  • The graduate will only be permitted to participate during the ceremony time they register to attend. 

More About MarchingOrder

In the MarchingOrder Commencement registration platform, graduates will be able to:

  • Choose Ceremony | Register for the Commencement Ceremony. 

  • Download GradPass | GradPass is a student's ticket to enter the Commencement Ceremony. A GradPass will be automatically assigned and can be downloaded. A GradPass will also be scanned when graduates 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.





Cap/Gown (Regalia) and Celebratory Items (Invites, Frames etc)

Cap and gowns are required to participate in the commencement ceremony. They are available for purchase at HCC Bookstore locations for $69.98. 

Celebratory items such as invites and diploma frames are also available for purchase from the Bookstore.  


Honors and Honor Cords Eligibility

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 the Summer semester (Fall grades will not be included for the ceremony but will be reflected on the final award).
    • GPA for the Spring ceremony is through the Fall semester (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.

Prior to the ceremony, qualifying graduates can pick up Honor Cords at the HCC Bookstore locations. Qualifying graduates may also stop by the Honor Cords table on the day of the commencement ceremony.


Graduation and Commencement Help

Student Services

For more information regarding Graduation and Commencement, call 713-718-8222 (option 1) or send an email to