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    HCC recognizes that commencement is an incredible accomplishment and festive time to be celebrated by our graduates and their loved ones.

    During these uncertain times of travel restrictions and social distancing, the institution has decided to cancel the in-person ceremonies and instead hold virtual, livestreamed commencement options for all ceremonies (General Degrees & Certificates, VAST and TxCHSE).

    The livestreamed events will occur on May 22 and specific details about how we will celebrate graduates’ accomplishments in this virtual manner will be shared by the end of April.

    We were holding on to the hope of recognizing graduates in the traditional, in-person way, and understand these changes may be disappointing. Please know we’ve heard your concerns and will continue to listen as we plan to recognize all your hard work to reach this milestone!


    Next Steps & Options for Graduates

    • Apply for Graduation | Commencement is the event to celebrate your accomplishment. In order to receive a degree, students must apply for graduation. The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, April 22. For information about applying for graduation, please review the steps below. 

    • Mailed Degrees | All graduates will receive their degrees by mail.

    • Attending Fall Commencement | HCC will allow Spring graduates to receive physical recognition at the Fall Commencement in December, in addition to the virtual recognition we are planning for May.


    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

    Spring Ceremony – April 22

    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:

    Step 3: Register for Commencement

    Register Online for the ceremony


     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

    The Virtual Commencement will be hosted on May 22, 2020. Details will be sent by the end of April.