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Graduation

After years of hard work, sacrifice, and achievement, the most important day of law school awaits our students: Graduation Day.

Presented here is the key information that students need to know about graduation at South Texas College of Law Houston.

CEREMONY

The Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) will be conferred upon students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements of South Texas College of Law Houston. There is one ceremony for all three (3) graduating classes each academic year:

December – fall semester
May – spring semester
July – summer session

THE 2020 OCTOBER HOODING CEREMONY

Location: South Texas College of Law Houston – Joe Green Auditorium
Date: October 17 – 18, 2020 

THE 2021 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

If you wish to be excused from the commencement ceremony, you must complete and submit an Absentia form to the Registrar’s Office.

Location: TBD
Date: May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (tentative)

 

HOTEL INFORMATION FOR 2020 OCTOBER HOODING CEREMONY

Deadline for All Hotel Rates: October 11, 2020

Embassy Suites:

$109 nighty rate

Reservations can be made directly by calling 713-739-9100, to obtain the special rate, attendees need to identify themselves as being part of the South Texas College of Law Commencement 2020 guest room block.

Online room- http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/H/HOUDNES-STC-20201015/index.jhtml

Four Seasons Hotel

$155 nightly rate

Reservations can be made directly by calling 1-800-734-4114, to obtain the special rate, please have your attendees identify themselves as being part of the South Texas College of Law 2020 Commencement Guest Room Block party and specify the room type of their choice.

Online room reservations- http://www.fourseasons.com/houston/ Use promo code (case sensitive): 201016SOU

Hilton Americas: 

$119 nightly rate

Reservations can be made directly by calling 1-800-HILTONS and providing the group code is: 1TC .

Online reservations- https://book.passkey.com/go/SouthTexasCollegeofLaw2020

Hotel Alessandra

$109 nighty rate

Reservations can be made directly by calling 844.204.5851, guests must identify themselves as part of the South Texas College of Law 2020 Commencement Guest Room Block

Online room reservations- https://www.hotelalessandra-houston.com/ Use promo code: STCOL2CGRB172

 

INFORMATION FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS

Graduation Application via Stanley

December 2020 Graduation: The deadline to apply for December 2020 graduation has passed.

May 2021 and July 2021 Graduation: October 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@stcl.edu with questions.


Caps and Gowns, Invitations, and Rings

2020 October Hooding Ceremony: The deadline to submit your cap and gown measurements has passed. Regalia is ready for pickup in the bookstore until 4:00 p.m. on October 16th. For questions, contact the Bookstore at sm541@bncollege.com.

2021 Ceremony: Information coming soon.


Grad Fair for the 2021 Commencement

Date: TBD

Times & Location: TBD


Graduate Details and Instructions

Graduating students receive e-mails from the Registrar’s Office containing detailed instructions and information about commencement. These e-mails include all documents related to graduation. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@stcl.edu or (713) 646-1701 with any questions.


Guest Hooders

A special part of the commencement ceremony is the hooding of new graduates by alumni relatives instead of faculty hoodmasters. Among our guest hooders are parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, significant others, aunts, uncles, and cousins of the graduates. Guest hooders are required to be graduates of STCL Houston. For more information about guest hooding, contact Ernesto Martinez at emartinez@stcl.edu or 713-646-1804.


Graduation Photographs

All graduates will be professionally photographed by Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc. If the graduate will be hooded by a close friend or family member, we encourage them to have their portrait taken together as well as alone. You also may visit www.gradphotonetwork.com on the Monday following commencement to view all the images from the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact grads@mnathanphoto.com or call (281) 549-2367 ext 2.


Graduation DVDs

A DVD is made after each ceremony and graduates may pick up a copy in the Registrar’s Office. Graduates who wish to have a copy mailed to them can submit their request at registrar@stcl.edu or by calling 713-646-1701.


Diplomas

Graduates must complete all obligations before their diplomas are mailed. This includes applying for graduation via Stanley, completing the Financial Aid Exit Interview and Group Counseling Session, completing the Graduate Employment Survey, and having a zero balance. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided when you apply for graduation.

If, once you have applied, you wish to change the address to which your diploma is sent, you may do so by submitting a Change of Name and Address. Address changes made via Stanley do not change your diploma mailing address. If you have changed your address online, you must also submit a change of Name and Address form with the box next to “Diploma Address” checked.

Graduates may order a replacement diploma by completing the Diploma Reorder Form and sending it to the Registrar’s Office with their $50 payment. Online payment can be made here.