Spring 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Jacob Brown Memorial Auditorium

Division of STEM and Division of HTCCE
10:00 a.m.
Graduates must arrive no later than 8:30 am.

Division of Humanities
3:00 p.m.
Graduates must arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available from May 3rd to May 11th.  To purchase your cap and gown, you must first pay the $20 fee at the Cashier window in Tandy Hall, and then take your receipt to the Office of Transfer, Career and Employment in the Lightner Center, room 103 to pick up your cap and gown.  You must show your receipt to pick up your cap and gown.  In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, no additions to the regalia will be allowed.  Candidates with altered regalia will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Cap & Gown Pick-up Location:
Camille Lightner Building, Room 103

Invitations are not required for guests to attend the ceremony - you may invite as many people as you wish to the ceremony.

Honor Cords
Honor Graduates have completed at least 30 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  Honor cords will be distributed at the auditorium on the day of graduation - visit the Admissions & Records table inside the student entrance at the arena to obtain your cord. 


Graduates arriving late may be excluded from participation in the ceremony

Guests are not allowed to bring balloons or noise-making devices inside the arena.

Candidates should check in for the ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Women's Center located next to Jacob Brown Auditorium.  Each candidate must be inside, have cleared check-in, and be properly seated no later than 9:15 a.m.; otherwise, the candidate will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Please do not bring any personal items such as balloons, bouquets or purses as they will not be allowed in the seating area. Only candidates will be allowed into the Women's Center during check-in. 

Only diploma covers will be handed out on stage during the ceremony.  Diploma covers will only be given to candidates participating in the commencement ceremony.  Official diplomas will be available at the Admissions and Records Office for certified degrees beginning Friday, January 27, 2017.

If you do not pick up your diploma in person, it will be mailed to the address on your graduation application. Diplomas returned in the mail will be destroyed.  There is a $25 reprinting cost per diploma.

Graduation Photos
A photographer will be taking a photo as you are congratulated by the College President. These photographs will be available from the photographer within 72 hours of the event. Check back for more information on how you can obtain your photo.


How do I wear the tassel?
Begin with your tassel on the right side of your cap.


Following confirmation of your degree by the College President, the entire graduating class will move their tassels to the left in unison.  This signifies the move to a higher level of education. 

How should I wear my cap?
Your cap should be worn so the mortarboard is level and not placed on the back or to the side of your head. The crown should rest approximately one to one and one-half inches above each ear. This also helps assure that the mortarboard is level.

What should I wear underneath my gown?
Light, comfortable clothing should be worn underneath your gown. It is recommended that a suit coat or jacket not be worn.  Shoes and other articles of visible apparel worn by graduates should be of dark colors that harmonize with the gown.

How do I take care of my cap and gown?
Remove your cap, tassel and gown from the package.  Place the gown on a hanger.  Because of the material, your cap and gown should not be washed, dry cleaned or worn in inclement weather.  You may press the gown with a cool iron to remove wrinkles.

In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, no additions to the regalia will be allowed.  Candidates with altered regalia may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Contact Us
Phone: 956-295-3409

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:18